At a special dinner to mark the occasion, Mansfield alumnus, Paul Ruddock MA, was elected to a Bancroft Fellowship of the College. The Bancroft Fellowship, which is named after the late Lord Bancroft, formerly Chairman of Trustees for the College before it was awarded its Royal Charter as a full college of the University, is the most prestigious honour the College can bestow on a generous benefactor. Paul Ruddock has brought great lustre on the College, from his earliest days as an undergraduate, when he was the first Mansfield student to obtain a First Class Honours in Jurisprudence. Since then, Mr Ruddock has had a stellar career in the city, first at Goldman Sachs, then at Schroder & Co, Inc. and then as co-founder and CEO of Lansdowne Partners Ltd, an investment management company. Crowning these city achievements, he was appointed, in 2007, Chairman of the Board of the Victoria and Albert Museum, to which post he brings not only his entrepreneurial and fund-raising flair, but also his passion for medieval sculpture and art.
In receiving his Fellowship, Mr Ruddock spoke movingly of how much of his success he felt he owed to his time at Mansfield, which had given him opportunities in life that might otherwise not have been open to him.