Press release

MillionPlus welcomes new Universities Minister

05 Dec 2018

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (05 December) welcomed the appointment of the new Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“This ministerial appointment is a critical one for one of the UK’s world-leading sectors – I welcome Chris Skidmore MP to the role. The short-term inbox he faces is significant. The recommendations of the Augar Review, the reclassification of student loans by the Office for National Statistics, and the deeply uncertain impact of Brexit, will have major consequences for students and universities.

“Just as important is the vital ongoing work needed to deliver the aims of the government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy and the challenge of creating and sharing prosperity across all towns, cities and regions of the UK.  Modern universities, including MillionPlus members, are at the vanguard of those institutions that truly ‘anchor’ advanced skills and economic impact in their localities. We will work constructively with the new minister to achieve these important shared goals.”


Notes to editors

  • For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 07527 336 795 or email
  • MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and the voice of 21st century higher education. We champion, promote and raise awareness of the essential role and impact of modern universities in the UK’s world-leading higher education sector. More information can be found at
  • What are modern universities? Modern universities are long established centres of higher education in their communities with roots that stretch back decades, if not centuries. Many gained university title following legislation agreed by parliament in 1992. They make up almost half of the UK university sector with over a million students studying at modern universities every year.
  • Modern universities: key facts 2018