Interviewed on This Morning to promote her latest attempt to win back young voters that have switched to Labour in droves, Theresa May said that “a lot of people are being encouraged to go to university when it’s not necessarily right for them”. Asked if you can become Prime Minister without a university education, she answered “of course you can”.
But it appears that a university education is required to be a member of Theresa May’s Cabinet, with every one of her ministers having attended university. Of her 23 Cabinet ministers, over half went to elite universities Oxford or Cambridge, four of them to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).
All members of Theresa May’s Cabinet are likely to have received their university education free-of-charge, with her youngest Cabinet minister Gavin Williamson attending university roughly four years before tuition fees were introduced.
The gap between rich and poor students being granted university places reached record levels in 2016 according to university admissions office UCAS.
Karen Bradley Imperial College, London
Alun Cairns University of Wales, Newport
Greg Clark Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
David Davis University of Warwick, London Business School, Harvard
Natalie Evans New Hall, Cambridge
Liam Fox University of Glasgow
David Gauke St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Michael Gove Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Chris Grayling Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Philip Hammond University College, Oxford (PPE)
Matt Hancock Exeter College, Oxford (PPE)
Damian Hinds Trinity College, Oxford (PPE)
Jeremy Hunt Magdalen College, Oxford (PPE)
Sajid Javid University of Exeter
Boris Johnson Balliol College, Oxford
Brandon Lewis University of Buckingham
David Lidington Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Theresa May St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
Esther McVey Queen Mary University of London
Penny Mordaunt University of Reading
David Mundell University of Edinburgh
Amber Rudd University of Edinburgh
Gavin Williamson University of Bradford