Shirley-Anne Somerville was appointed Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science in May 2016.
- supports the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Specific responsibilities are:
- further education and colleges
- higher education and universities
- science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
- student funding
- youth work
- widening access
Educated at Kirkcaldy High School, she then graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics (1996), followed by a Diploma in Housing Studies at the University of Stirling and a Diploma in Public Relations from Queen Margaret University College.
She has worked as a parliamentary researcher, a Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing, and as a Media and Campaigns Officer at the Royal College of Nursing.
Shirley-Anne was previously an MSP for the Lothians region from 2007 to 2011, and returned to the Scottish Parliament in 2016 as MSP for Dunfermline.