Jo Johnson returns as universities minister

Chris Skidmore, who occupied the post for eight months, has been promoted to minister for health in the new government

Jo Johnson has returned to the role of universities minister, a position he occupied for two and a half years under David Cameron and Theresa May.

Chris Skidmore, the incumbent for eight months, was promoted in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle to minister for health.

Johnson resigned on January 2018 over the government’s Brexit plans and vowed to campaign for a second referendum. He has been vocal on higher education issues from the backbenches, including dismissing the Augar Review as “bad policy, bad politics”.

From the backbenches, Johnson has also supported changes to post-study visas for international students at English and Welsh universities.

Johnson’s role includes responsibility for research and science and is divided between the departments for education and business, energy and industrial strategy. He has also been promoted to the cabinet.

Gavin Williamson has been appointed education secretary.


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