After two years as a Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Technology, Fowler was the Minister of State for Education and Science from 1969 to 1970. He was there again for spells in 1974 and 1976, in between which times he was Minister of State for the from 1974 to 1976.
Fowler had a career in university education outside parliament, having lectured at Oxford University before his election. He was Assistant Director of [[Huddersfield Polytechnic]] from 1970 to 1972, Visiting Professor at the [[University of Strathclyde]] from 1970 to 1974, and Professor of Educational Studies at the [[Open University]] from 1972 to 1974.ref Ultimately he was Rector of the [[...|Polytechnic of East London]] from 1982 to 1992.ref
Fowler died of [[cancer]] at his home in [[Regents Park]], [[London]],ref in 1993 aged 58, and was cremated at [[Golders Green Crematorium]].ref