I started at Mansfield as part of the Middle Common Room (MCR) in 2014. At Oxford, I am reading towards a DPhil (PhD as it’s known elsewhere) in Cyber Security, where I am based in the School of Geography and the Environment.
Mansfield not only has lovely Victorian buildings and great food, but a wonderful graduate and undergraduate community. I was privileged to serve as President of the MCR, which has grown in size to well over 150 students. In addition to the social events, seminars, dinners and trips offered by the MCR, there are also bops (what large parties are called in Oxford) and other activities organised in conjunction with the undergraduate Junior Common Room (JCR). There is a strong support network with peer supporters as part of the welfare team, as well as the Tutor for Graduates who speaks up for us graduates!
My favourite place to do a spot of reading or have a chat with friends over coffee is the Crypt that is open most of the day with a variety of sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Mansfield is a place that you can relax and take a break away from busy Oxford life, especially as you’ll be spending most of your time in your department. I would not have wished to go anywhere else!