New date for an audience with Sam Gyimah MP Universities Minister

16 February 2018

Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, will now visit our Canterbury Campus on Thursday, 8 March 2018.

The new date follows the postponement of his visit, originally arranged for Thursday, 1 March, due to adverse weather.

This will be the new minister’s first visit to a university in the South East, outside London. 

During his visit to Christ Church, the Minister will tour the campus and then take part in an open and free question and answer event with students, staff and the community. Students and staff should also come ready with answers of their own as the Minister will be directing questions to the audience as well.

Anyone who originally booked to attend the question and answer session with the Minister will soon be receiving an email confirming that their booking remains valid for next Thursday’s event. There will also be some limited seats available for anybody wishing to book for the new date (see link to booking page below).

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted the Minister is visiting us, to understand more about our strengths in widening access to higher education and our extensive contribution to the regional economy.”

‘An audience with Sam Gyimah’ will take place in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre in Old Sessions House, Longport, from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday, 8 March.

Sam Gyimah is Conservative MP for Surrey East. He has wide government experience, having previously been the Minister for Prisons and Probation, the Minister for Childcare, the Minister for the Constitution, a Government Whip, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to former Prime Minister David Cameron.

He was appointed new Universities Minister on 9 January 2018.

To book your place, visit: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/general/an-audience-with-sam-gyimah-mp.aspx. Please note tickets are free and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There will be journalist interview opportunities from 5.15pm to 6pm at Old Sessions House. Please contact the Media Relations team for more information.

Notes to editors 

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with 16,000 students across Kent and Medway. Its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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