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From Achimota to UK’s new universities minister, meet Sam Gyimah

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From Achimota to UK’s new universities minister, meet Sam Gyimah

UK born Ghanaian, Sam Gyimah has been made Universities and Science Minister for England in Theresa May’s government reshuffle.

Mr Gyimah’s role straddles the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister.Mr Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly appointed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, who is replacing Justine Greening.

Samuel Phillip Gyimah was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. When he was six years old, his parents split up and his mother returned to Ghana with Gyimah and his younger brother and sister while his father remained in the UK.

For the next ten years, Gyimah attended Achimota School before returning to the UK to sit GCSEs and A-levels at Freman College, a state school in Buntingford, Hertfordshire.He then went on to Somerville College at the University of Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.

He has served as the Conservative Party’s Member of Parliament  for East Surrey since the 2010 general election.

In July 2014, after serving as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and a government whip, Gyimah was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with particular focus upon the constitution. Following the general election in May 2015, Gyimah was reappointed to the education brief.

Sam is married to  Dr Nicky Black and they have a son, Ethan.

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