On 24 November 2016, St Anne’s College was delighted to welcome back Mike Danson (BA Jurisprudence, 1982) for the launch of the Danson Programme for 2017.


Now in its fifth year, The Danson Foundation’s support has been invaluable to St Anne’s College. The Danson Foundation was founded by Mike Danson, and his wife Helen, to help support all students to achieve their potential, regardless of background. Mike is keenly aware of the increasing costs of higher education and the importance of preparing our students for the world of work or further study.

Through The Danson Foundation, Mike and Helen offer St Anne's students a wealth of opportunities. They have generously supported our students through the funding of Bursaries, an Internship Scheme and the Incubator start-up Projects, which ran for the first time this Summer.

The Launch Event comprised two parts: a Seminar, which took place in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, and a Drinks Reception which gave attendees a fantastic opportunity to network.

During the Seminar, students heard from Mike Danson about his experiences in business, and the broad range of opportunities on offer. Jason Cowley, Editor of the New Statesman, then spoke about the recent work of the magazine, and what interns could expect from their time in his offices. Jason has generously hosted 14 St Anne’s students at the New Statesman since the launch of the scheme.

These 4-week paid internships, based mostly in London, are a fantastic opportunity for our students. The Danson Foundation has offered 91 internships to St Anne’s students over the years – 2016 was our biggest year, with 31 internships offered. 

All internships are based in organisations connected to The Danson Foundation, across a range of sectors, including digital and printed media, management consultancy and the third sector. Alongside the internships, students also attend special careers events and lunches in central London with guest speakers, and network with professional contacts. 

Two of the 2016 interns, Jessica Voicu (2nd year, French and Portuguese) and Conor McGuinness (3rd year, Physics) shared insights and advice encouraging other students to apply. They emphasised how they were given real responsibility from the start, which enabled them to apply skills they had developed at University. They felt they made a real impact, and both contributed directly to the objectives of the different companies they worked for.

We also heard from the St Anne’s Incubator teams, Silo, Oxford Writers’ House and Nearcut, who were supported by The Danson Foundation over the Summer to grow their early-stage and start-up companies. The teams spoke about their projects, and thanked Mike and The Danson Foundation for helping them to launch their businesses.

Once again, we would like to thank Mike and Helen Danson for their continued support and incredible generosity to St Anne’s College. 

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