Chris Skidmore appointed new universities minister
Following the resignation of Sam Gyimah from the position last week, Chris Skidmore has been appointed into the role of Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
His new responsibilities include university reform, student finance policy and tackling extremism in higher education.
Educated in Bristol, he went on to study History at Oxford University. He was elected to Parliament in 2010, representing the constituency of Kingswood.
His political experience of higher education involves two years spent on the Education Select Committee from 2012 to 2014. In the past he has voted consistently in support of tuition fees and voted to increase the cap up to £9,000.
Skidmore has written numerous non-fiction history books, mostly on 15th Century British monarchs.
The previous minister, Sam Gyimah, resigned in criticism of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. He was the seventh minister to do so.
Commenting on the appointment, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “There is no doubt that Chris is taking up the role at a particularly challenging and busy time for universities with uncertainty about Brexit and immigration, the ONS student loans review and the post-18 review of HE and FE funding all major issues requiring skilful handling.”