This year, so many parents decided to come to the Annual Parents' Dinner that we had to move it into the Chapel! This is partly because we decided, for the first time, to invite the parents of Freshers to the dinner. The effect of this was that the new parents were able to compare notes with parents of current students and even alumni. The decision was applauded by all parents. Tutors and senior admin staff also attended the dinner, allowing parents the chance to meet some of the names that they will hear recurring.
Many of the parents stayed in college accommodation, which allowed people to travel from the far reaches of the British Isles, as well as Germany, Switzerland and France.
One parent writes:
'I was overwhelmed by the friendly atmosphere which pervaded the whole weekend. I have a much clearer idea of what life will be like for my daughter at Mansfield, and was left with the impression that it is supportive and caring while encouraging academic excellence. It was so helpful to meet other parents and discuss common issues, while relaxing over excellent food and wine in the marvelous Chapel. The personal touch was so evident all weekend, from the Porter giving us a guided tour of the library to the Principal and her husband speaking to as many parents as possible.'