The Danson Programme & Incubator Project



The Danson Foundation was founded by Mike Danson (Law, 1982), and his wife Helen, to help support all students to achieve their potential, regardless of background.

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 Oxford Bursaries, their Internship Scheme and the Incubator start-up Projects.

The Danson Internships

Each year, the Danson Foundation offers between 30-40 paid internships, based mostly in London. The internships are based in organisations connected to The Danson Foundation and the GlobalData Plc group, across a range of sectors, including digital and printed media, management consultancy and the third sector. Placements have included Canadean, the New Statesman, the Prince’s Trust, The World of Fine Wine, PEAS International, MyBnk, the Education Endowment Foundation and Conlumino. 

Alongside the internships, students also attend special careers events and lunches in central London with guest speakers, and network with professional contacts.  

Our students find the internships very rewarding, particularly seeing the results of their work making a real impact, and contributing directly to the objectives of the different companies they are working for. 

We strongly encourage applications from all subject areas – the opportunities on offer are a learning experience, designed teach a whole range of transferrable skills, regardless of a students’ previous experience or degree course. We also encourage our Danson Bursary Holders to apply for the internships.



Incubator Projects

The Danson Foundation supported three teams of students as they spent 9 weeks over the 2016 Long Vacation growing their start-up and early stage businesses in Oxford. The teams were given funding for working capital, legal and administrative costs by The Danson Foundation, and also received dedicated Mentoring from George Dallas (2008, MEng Engineering Science, MSc Social Science of the Internet) who works for one of Mike’s companies.

Find out more about how to apply complete the application form

Click on the company logos below to find out more about our 2016 Incubator Project teams.