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Sussex Question Time for Universities Minister Sam Gyimah

Sussex staff and students took the opportunity to question Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, on 10 May, with an energetic debate covering a range of issues.

Tuition fees, the future of higher education funding, free speech, support for international students and the recent voter identification pilots were just some of the topics staff and students chose to ask Sam about during the event.

The lively Q&A was hosted by the Students' Union and the University, with staff and students from the University of Brighton also attending.

Head of the Department of Politics, Professor Claire Annesley, and Students’ Union Officer, Chris Lewis, did a great job at co-chairing the debate.

Sam asked students and staff how they would improve access to higher education and closed by asking the audience what they would do if they were Minister for the day. Tweeting after the event, Sam thanked Sussex for an engaging discussion and some interesting ideas to take away.

Commenting on Sam’s visit to Sussex, University Vice-Chancellor, Adam Tickell, said: “This was a great way for the Sussex community to ask questions and share their views with a politician – whose decisions will directly impact the future of our University. The questions posed certainly showed that Sussex holds a wide range of opinions and that’s important for the Minister to have heard those. 

"It’s critically important that we support more opportunities on campus for a range of views to be heard. We certainly gave the Minister a lot to consider so he can develop solutions to the challenges students and staff raised.”

In an interview with Digital Media Guru Cynthia Royer ahead of the event, Sam said he wanted to listen and learn directly from students about what they want from their university experience, stressing that mental health support, access to higher education and achieving value for money for students were key issues he was focussing upon in his role. 

During his visit to campus Sam also visited Sussex's Space Research Group to discover some of the innovative work being undertaken by Professor Anna Barnett and her team.

Gallery: Universities Minister Sam Gyimah visits Sussex

Some tweets from the event:






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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Friday, 25 May 2018