Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

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The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science is a Junior ministerial post in the Education Department of the Scottish Government. As a result, the Minister does not attend[1] the Scottish Cabinet. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the Minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet. The Minister has specific responsibility for school education, qualifications, science, Gaelic and Scots HM Inspectorate of Education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.[2]

Minister[edit]

The current Minister Further Education, Higher Education and Science is Shirley-Anne Somerville.[3]

Minister for Schools and Skills[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Maureen Watt MaureenWatt20110507.JPG 17 May 2007 10 February 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Keith Brown Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure (2).jpg 12 February 2009 18 January 2010 Scottish National Party

Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning[edit]

Keith Brown Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure (2).jpg 18 January 2010 12 December 2010 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Angela Constance AngelaConstanceMSP20110510.JPG 12 December 2010 20 May 2011 Scottish National Party

Minister for Learning and Skills[edit]

Alasdair Allan AlasdairAllanMSP20120530.jpg 20 May 2011 7 December 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages[edit]

Alasdair Allan AlasdairAllanMSP20120530.jpg 7 December 2011 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science[edit]

Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-anne Somerville.jpg 18 May 2016 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

History[edit]

From 1999 to 2000, responsibility for schools rested with the Minister for Children and Education, which became the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs in the McLeish Government of 2000 to 2001. From 2001 to 2007, the schools portfolio rested with the Minister for Education and Young People. The skills brief also rested with the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning between 1999 and 2007.

The Salmond government, elected following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007, created the junior post of the Minister for Schools and Skills who assisted the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, in the Scottish Executive Education Department. This was then retitled on 7 December 2011 following the creation of the Minister of Youth Employment post which took over the responsibility for skills and training. A further change occurred in May 2016, following Nicola Sturgeon's reshuffle. The post was rebranded as Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scotland Act (1998), Only those appointed under Section 47 of the Scotland Act "attend" Cabinet. Junior ministers are appointed under Section 49 and may be "present".
  2. ^ "Biographies and responsibilities: Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cabinet and Ministers:biographies and responsibilities". Scottish Government. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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