Andrew Graham (academic)

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Andrew Graham (born 20 June 1942[1]) is a political economist, a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian and The Observer, a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute,[2] and Chair of the Academic Council of the Europaeum. He was formerly the Master of Balliol College, Oxford.[3] He was also formerly Acting Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford (2012–13),[4] and is a Rhodes Trustee.[5]


Andrew Graham was born in Perranporth, Cornwall, and attended Truro Cathedral School and then Charterhouse. He read PPE at St Edmund Hall and graduated from Oxford University in 1964. He worked at the National Economic Development Office in the autumn of 1964 and then, from 1964 to 1966, at the Department of Economic Affairs, before becoming assistant to Thomas Balogh, economic adviser to the Cabinet[6] When Balogh returned to Oxford, Andrew Graham became economic adviser to Harold Wilson, Prime Minister 1967–69. In 1969, at the age of 26, he was elected to a Tutorial Fellowship in Economics at Balliol. He returned to 10 Downing Street as a Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, 1974–76.[7][8] Later, from 1988–94, he was economic advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Leader of the Labour Party, the Rt Hon John Smith MP.

He remained as a Tutorial Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford until 1997 (when he became Acting Master of Balliol) and combined this with being a Member of the Committee to Review the Functioning of the Financial Institutions, 1977–80, a non-executive director of the British Transport Docks Board, 1979–82, and a member of the media advisory committee of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), 1994–97.[9] His students during his time at Balliol included future Labour ministers Yvette Cooper, Kitty Ussher and James Purnell.[10]

In 2001, with the help of a donation from The Shirley Foundation, he raised £15 million to found the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the first multidisciplinary research centre at a major university examining the effects on society of the Internet.[11]

He has also been a consultant to the BBC,[12][13][14] writing extensively on the case for public service television, a Board Member of Channel 4 Television, a Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and an elected member of the Council of Oxford University, 2006-2011. After being Acting Master of Balliol from 1997 to 2001 (while Sir Colin Lucas was on leave as Vice-Chancellor), Andrew was elected Master from 2001. In 2003, Oxford University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law.[15] During his tenure of office, Balliol improved its overall finances, substantially extended its fundraising and in 2008 combined obtaining the most first class degrees in finals, with the men also going Head of the River.[16] He stood down as Master of Balliol on 1 October 2011. He is the son of the late author, Winston Graham and is married to Peggotty whose career at the Open University culminated as Dean and Director of Studies for the Social Sciences. They are both passionate windsurfers.

Andrew Graham’s final video message to Balliol alumni can be seen here: . Other interviews with Andrew Graham can also be found on the Voices from Oxford website.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Colin Lucas
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Drummond Bone


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. Mr Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, 2001–11, 71 
  2. ^ Oxford Internet Institute
  3. ^ "Master of Balliol". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Floreat Domus, Issue No 4, May 1998 'The Acting Master – Andrew Graham – Introduces himself'
  7. ^ Donoughue, B. (2003). The Heat of the Kitchen, (Politico’s Publishing)
  8. ^ Donoughue, B. (2005) Downing Street Diary – with Harold Wilson in No 10, (Jonathan Cape)
  9. ^ Balliol College Register, Seventh Edition, 1950-2000 edited by Tom Bewley and John Jones, 2005
  10. ^ Beckett, Andy (23 February 2017). "PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain". Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Floreat Domus, Issue No 7, June 2001, '£15 million for the new Oxford Internet Institute at Balliol'
  12. ^ Graham, A. and G. Davies (1997) Broadcasting, Society and Policy in the Multimedia Age (John Libbey, London)
  13. ^ Graham, A. (1998) 'Broadcasting Policy and the Digital Revolution' in Jean Seaton (ed.) Politics and the Media: Harlots and Prerogatives at the Turn of the Millennium (Blackwell Publishers)
  14. ^ Graham, A. et al (1999) Public Purposes in Broadcasting: Funding the BBC (University of Luton Press)
  15. ^ Floreat Domus Issue No 10, March 2004, 'A remarkable day for Balliol at the Sheldonian'
  16. ^ Balliol College, Annual Record 2008

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