Universities Minister quizzed by Imperial students at Times launch event


Universities Minister Sam Gyimah chats to the Times columnist Matt Chorley at Imperial event

Sam Gyimah MP was questioned by Imperial students and Times columnist Matt Chorley

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP and the Times’ satirical columnist Matt Chorley joined a lively student event.

The event, entitled ‘What the hell is going on?’, launched Imperial’s partnership with the Times and Sunday Times.

Matt Chorley led the Q and A with Sam Gyimah, as he and Imperial students interrogated the Universities and Science Minister on Brexit, tuition fees, social mobility and the Prime Minister’s future.

Two students vote using paddle-boards
Students were asked to cast their votes on topical questions using paddle boards

Students voted with paddle boards to answer questions such as ‘Is Theresa May doing a good job?’, ‘Would you consider a career in politics?’ and ‘Should tuition fees be cut?’

The partnership offers an opportunity for students to engage with, discuss and debate what’s going on outside the academic bubble of Imperial. Rob Tomkies Imperial College Union President

Imperial and the Times are joining forces to provide free online subscriptions for all students, and the opportunity to become Times Student Ambassadors. Five students will be specially selected by The Times to help drive, promote and encourage participation in the programme of activity throughout the year. 

Luke Blair, Imperial’s Vice-President (Communications and Public Affairs), introduced the event, hailing the “special new partnership” that has been formed between Imperial and the Times.

Lecture theatre of students listen to Sam Gyimah
The event, entitled 'What the hell is going on?' was intended to stimulate debate and discussion

The aim is to inform, stimulate debate and explore the future of science, technology and culture, and the partnership will include more debates and discussions featuring students, special guests and Times journalists, he said.

Bursting the academic bubble

Sam Gyimah meets Imperial student
Students took the opportunity to meet the Universities and Science Minister 

Matt Chorley asked Sam Gyimah about his background and upbringing, as well as his role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron. It was the Minister’s second visit to the College this month, after visiting Imperial’s Enterprise Lab to launch the second phase of his Higher Education Open Data Competition.

Sam Gyimah spoke to Imperial students
Mr Gyimah was asked about his background and how he ended up in politics

Imperial College Union has also been heavily involved in the partnership, and Union President Rob Tomkies described it as an “opportunity for students to engage with, discuss and debate what’s going on outside the academic bubble of Imperial.”

All students and staff at the College have been given a free subscription to The Times and Sunday Times as part of the partnership. Individual emails containing a unique URL to redeem this offer were sent out by the College last week.


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