Univ Dates: 2004-2007
Degree: BA History
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Occupation: Political consultant and former Special Advisor in the UK Government
Biography: Daniel is a political consultant and until recently was Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, supporting the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP. After graduating from Oxford, he worked in Parliament as a researcher and speechwriter (2007-10). Before joining government, he was Senior Account Director and Head of Technology at Hanover Communications (2010-15), advising technology and healthcare clients on government relations. He has now returned to consultancy, as Senior Policy Adviser at Hanover.
While at Univ he was President of the Oxford University History Society, Burns Scholar in 2005 and 2006, and was awarded the Gibbs Prize, the Arnold Prize and the Frederick Bradley History Prize in 2007. He took the University’s top first in Modern History Finals in 2007.
What were your preconceptions of Oxford or Univ before you started here?
As the first of my family to go to university, coming up to Oxford was a pretty daunting experience but I think through open days and from reading the Alternative Prospectus I got a good feel that Univ was a welcoming and friendly environment and just the kind of place where I wanted to study.
What was your first day like?
The main thing I remember about my first day is lugging boxes up the stairs of the Goodhart Building and now it’s so nice to see such a retro building having been beautifully refitted.
How do you think your time at Univ shaped you?
Univ is a really unique community that encourages hard work, but is also a sufficiently community-oriented environment that lets you meet a whole wide range of people and pursue whatever opportunities you want.
Who were your primary influences in College?
Academically I was privileged to have one-to-one tutorials with the great Leslie Mitchell, because there was no one else in my year that wanted to study 18th Century English politics. To have the opportunity to have those one-on-one tutorials really was a huge privilege and something I’ll never forget.
Can you talk a little about your current role?
I’ve been working in and around politics since I left Univ, most recently as a special advisor in government and now as a political consultant.
How do you feel about this Young Univ project?
We all know about Univ’s long history and its great alumni, but I hope a project like the Young Univ Gallery can send a message to both current and prospective students that there’s a much wider community of Univites and people that have gone on to do a really wide range of things.