Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Current role holder: Richard Lochhead

Richard Lochhead

Richard Lochhead was appointed Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science in September 2018.


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
  • Community learning and development (CLD)


Richard Lochhead MSP was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 via the North East regional list. During the second session of Parliament he stood down from his regional seat and was elected as constituency MSP for Moray in the by-election in April 2006. He was the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment from 2007 to 2016. Mr Lochhead lives with his wife Fiona and sons Angus and Fraser. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist.