Sam Gyimah was appointed the new joint Minister for Higher Education at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education in this week’s reshuffle.
Times Higher Education asked the HE sector what his priorities should be – UA chief executive Maddalaine Ansell was featured in the article.
“Sam Gyimah takes on the role at an important juncture. His top priority is likely to be getting the best deal for higher education and research in the Brexit negotiations. The government’s promised ‘major review’ into tertiary education also looms large – this must address the decline in mature and part time learners and ensure that the gains in HE participation in recent years are not undermined.
“Technical education is likely to remain high on the government’s agenda – to give technical and professional education the recognition and prestige it deserves, it is important that those taking this route are able to pursue their studies at graduate and postgraduate level. It is a credit to Jo Johnson that he oversaw a boost to the science and innovation budget, and we hope that this will remain a priority for the minister.”
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