Chris Skidmore to join UPP Foundation

The former universities minister has been appointed a trustee and will also chair the advisory board

Former universities minister Chris Skidmore is to join the UPP Foundation’s trustee and advisory boards.

The MP will serve as a trustee, and has also agreed to chair the advisory board for the independent charity – which is funded, and was created in 2016, by campus accommodation providers University Partnerships Programme (UPP).

“The Foundation is committed to helping some of the most disadvantaged in life achieve their full potential, which was also the key theme of my work as universities minister,” said Chris Skidmore.

As someone who taught at university before going into politics, I know how important the sector is, locally, nationally and internationally – Chris Skidmore MP

“The Foundation has also been central to recent work on developing civic universities and ensuring higher education is rooted in their local communities, which I believe will be an essential part of the levelling-up agenda. In the post-Covid recovery, universities will matter more than ever in providing support and demonstrating that they are powerhouses of social mobility.

“As someone who taught at university before going into politics, I know how important the sector is, locally, nationally and internationally. I am looking forward to this new role and helping to forge new thinking about how we can ensure universities deliver on their mission to transform lives and play an essential role in transforming our future.”

Chris Skidmore is one of several new members to join the UPP Foundation’s trustee and advisory boards.

Currently chaired by Jon Wakeford, UPP’s group corporate affairs director, the trustee board oversees the affairs of the UPP Foundation to ensure it delivers its key charitable outcomes. Chris Skidmore joins two more newly-appointed trustees: Andrew Percival, MD of UPP Projects and Alexandra Slater, UPP’s partnerships director for student experience and satisfaction.

The Foundation’s advisory board, comprised of university vice-chancellors, politicians and other sector experts, strengthens its knowledge, understanding and strategic thinking around crucial HE issues. New faces around the table, alongside Chris Skidmore, include Alistair Jarvis (chief executive, Universities UK), Professor Becky Francis (chief executive, Education Endowment Foundation), Dinah Caine (chair of governors, Goldsmiths), Mark Leach (founder, Wonkhe) and Elaine Hewitt (chief executive, UPP).

The UPP Foundation will be making further appointments to the trustee and advisory boards in the 2020-21 academic year.


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