Daisy Elliott

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: NGO
Job title: Senior Policy Advisor
Subject of study: Anthropology
Year of graduation: 2017
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Action for Children

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I stayed working at the university as a research assistant for two years after I graduated. I worked on a project called Exploring Diagnosis, looking at what it means to have a diagnosis, using autism as our main case study. I then got a job as a policy and research officer at The Fostering Network, a foster care charity. I stayed there for four years and was promoted to research and evidence manager in my second year. In September 2023 I started working at Action for Children in my current role.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I pursued a career in charity policy because I wanted to make sure research was making a difference. I enjoy problem-solving, politics and strategic thinking. One of the best parts of my roles is making sure the government listens to the voices of vulnerable people.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

In my final year of university, I was president of the sociology, anthropology and criminology society.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

One of the things I found most interesting to learn about was social and health inequalities and how they impact people’s lives.


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