Universities Minister brings nationwide tour to Christ Church

13 March 2018

The University welcomed the new Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and Conservative MP Sam Gyimah on Thursday (March 8).

It was the Minister’s first visit to a university in the South East, outside London.

As part of his visit the Minister spoke with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, staff and students to learn about the University’s strategic academic priorities, including the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, creative industries and the planned Medical School.

He also participated in an interactive session which was attended by nearly 200 people including students, staff and the public. A wide range of subjects were discussed including tuition fees and loans, Brexit, the NHS, and educational issues around higher education policy and the impact on students.

The Minister talked about the need for encouraging women into STEM subjects and the importance of the government’s Industrial Strategy.


Universities Minister Sam Gyimah with Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

Other topics discussed were ageism in the workplace, the cost of housing and living, widening participation and outreach initiatives. 

After the event, Sam tweeted: “Thank you @CanterburyCCUni and everyone who came to the #SamOnCampus talk yesterday – a really engaging event and I was certainly kept on my toes!.”

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 as the new Universities Minister on 9 January 2018.

You can watch a video of the question and answer session here.

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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