This page is updated by the JCR bench.
The JCR is the Junior Common Room, meaning both the actual room, and the undergraduate student body. It’s a bit like Parliament, except more pizza and more tea, and fewer suits and less shouting. And there isn’t a dedicated BBC channel for us (but we’re working on that).
The JCR exists to work for your interests in the fields of education, and fun/social life, as well as keeping an eye on your welfare. To that end, it also acts as a bridge from us to the SCR (that’s the fellows and tutors), the College authorities, and the rest of the university via OUSU (the Oxford University Student Union).
You can meet this year's bench below.
President: Saba Shakil
Hi, I’m Saba. I’m a third-year Law student and President of the Mansfield JCR. There are lots of elements to what I do, and these can be divided into administration and representation.
The administrative side to my role includes co-ordinating the Bench and ensuring that everyone is carrying out their roles properly. I oversee the JCR Executive and Welfare Teams, attend and chair all JCR meetings, send out a weekly mailout, act as a point of contact between the Bench and college administration, and many more ad-hoc things (like getting our college cats!)
The representative side of my role is slightly more interesting – I get to represent the interests of our JCR to College and the University. I am in constant communication with College to relay students’ thoughts and ideas to them, and vice versa. I also interact with University institutions like the Oxford University Student Union (SU) to give Mansfield a voice in university-wide discussions. In reality, my role consists of many, many (many) meetings, but Mansfield is always ready to listen to its students, and I’m incredibly privileged to be able to help the JCR exercise its right to be heard.
If you have any questions at all before or once you get here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Saba.firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President (Executive): Shamika Tamhane
Hello, my name is Shamika. I am a third-year History student and the Vice President (Executive) of Mansfield College JCR. My main responsibilities are accommodation and catering in college. If you’re having issues with your room or would like to see your favourite food in hall, I’m the person to talk to! I also organise the annual room ballot which is a system to allocate accommodation. Other responsibilities include supporting the President and managing the executive branch of the JCR. Please speak to me if you have any questions or concerns. Shamika.email@example.com
Vice President (Welfare): Erin Minogue
Hi, I’m Erin, a third-year English student, and JCR Vice President (Welfare). My role encompasses all aspects of welfare, from coordinating the members of the JCR Welfare Team (Women’s Rep, Men’s Rep, LGBTQ+ Rep, BME rep, Disabilities and Mental Health Rep, International Rep and VSP Officer), to organising and publicising welfare events in college, and making sure welfare resources are as easily accessible as possible.
I’m an active Peer Supporter, which means that I have undergone thirty hours of training with the University Counselling Service in order to support students through any matter that affects them while at university, in a confidential capacity.
As part of my role I liaise with college staff over welfare matters, and also with the SU and other university welfare services to ensure that the best resources are at hand to support students.
If you have any concerns at all, or are worried about anything involving starting university, please do get in touch! Erin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Entertainment Reps: Oliver Farquharson, Josh Lanham, Leon Hughes
Ollie (left), Josh (middle) and Leon (right) are your entertainment officers. Ollie does Engineering, Josh does Geography and Leon does History, and we are in our third year. We’re here to organise all the social activities that happen in college throughout the term. This is usually a couple of BOPs (college parties), two C+C (champagne and chocolates) events and other activities like pub quizzes, summer BBQs and pub crawls. If you have any entertainment-related questions or just fancy a general chat, feel free to get in touch. Entzmansfield@gmail.com
Treasurer: Dan Hall
Hi, I'm Dan, a third-year PPE student and Treasurer for the JCR. The Treasurer is responsible for JCR finances. The main role involves keeping track of money the JCR spends and ensuring this is all accounted for. Another part of the job is reimbursing people who are entitled to JCR funds, or who have spent money on behalf of the JCR. The Treasurer also represents JCR interests on College’s Finance Committee, as well as attending other College-wide meetings. Daniel.email@example.com
Secretary: Vassia Gkogkou
Hello, I’m Vassia, a second-year English Literature student. I’m the secretary of the JCR. That means I take the minutes of each JCR meeting and email them out to you all so you can see what we’ve been discussing. I’ll also be sending out emails now and then to let you know of any upcoming meetings and events you may be interested in taking part in. Vassia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic and Careers Officer: Lottie Sellers
I’m Lottie, a third-year Historian and the JCR’s Academic and Careers Officer. My role involves a broad range of stuff, from timetables for collections, to student suspensions, to problems with or feedback for tutors. As for the careers aspect, I help to do things like arrange contact with potential employers or Mansfield alumni who want to speak to current students about their careers, alongside arranging occasional workshops about CVs/personal statements/internships etc. by the Careers Service. So, if there’s anything you want to know or need help with to do with (you’ve guessed it), academic or careers matters, come chat to me! Charlotte.email@example.com
Environment, Ethics & Charities Officer: Jordan Jones
Hi! I'm Jordan, a 4th-year Arabic and Hebrew student, and I'm the current JCR Environment, Ethics & Charities Officer. My role encompasses anything and everything related to keeping Mansfield green and ethical, and supporting charities. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding any of these things, please don't hesitate to contact me! Jordan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports & Societies Officer: Joel While
I’m Joel, a second-year Geography student and I’m the JCR Sports and Societies Officer. I provide funding for equipment, entry fees and events for our clubs, as well as for individual Mansfield students who play sport for the university. I’m also responsible for publicising events, and organising Mansfield Freshers’ Fair for new students, as well as working with the development office to speak to potential donors. Oh, and I buy the ping pong balls for the JCR! Joel.email@example.com
Women’s Officer: Emily Jones
I'm Emily (she/her) and I'm a third-year English student here at Mansfield. My role in the JCR bench is to directly address issues that affect anyone who identifies wholly or partially as a woman, as well as providing a more general welfare role on the bench that I'm peer support trained for. My main responsibilities are to provide information and support for the women of Mansfield, provide peer support sessions, keep the welfare lockers stocked which are accessible to everyone in Mansfield, organise college parents and children, and arrange social events. Please feel free to message me with any questions! Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Officer: Jack Sagar
Hello, I’m Jack! I am a third-year Philosophy & Theology student, and the JCR's Men's Officer. I work to promote general welfare around the college, work with the LGBTQ+ and Women's officers to keep welfare provisions in stock, and I am currently working on attaining positive masculinity workshops for the sports teams in Mansfield! Jack.email@example.com
LGBTQ+ Officer: Jess Duffy
Hi, I’m Jess, a third-year English Literature student and the LGBTQ+ rep! I represent all people who identify as having an LGBTQ+ identity. I’m also trained in rainbow peer support so can help with queries and qualms! Please feel free to say hello if you see me around college, or just get in touch. Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabilities & Mental Health: Olivia Turpin
Hi, I'm Olivia, a third-year Human Scientist, and your Disabilities and Mental Health Officer. My role involves working to improve accessibility within college, working with the Tutor for Disabilities and the Disabilities Coordinator, and helping students to access Disabled Students Allowances, exam assistance, and accessible accommodation. I can also help to connect students with the right services for them outside of college, including the University Counselling Service, charities and the NHS. If you feel you need help with anything like this then please get in touch! Olivia.email@example.com
BME Officer: Kulsimran Sidhu
Hi, I'm Simran and I'm a third-year Law student at Mansfield. I'm the BME rep for the JCR, which means I represent ethnic minority students. Part of the role is organising social events so that you have the chance to meet and chat to other BME students and eat the food that you're missing from home. The other aspect is looking out for the welfare of BME undergraduates. I'm always about to chat to or just listen if you're looking to vent. I can also help direct you to senior members of staff, and other resources in the University. Kulsimran.firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Officer: Fran Rigby
Hi, I'm Fran, a second year Geographer. The role of the Access Officer is to ensure that those from underrepresented backgrounds (eg. low income, state school, first generation) feel comfortable when they arrive at Mansfield and have their needs represented to the college. They also help out with school tours, recruit student ambassadors to represent Mansfield to prospective students, and run the Humans of Mansfield social media pages which promote the various stories of Mansfield’s students and their backgrounds. Please feel free to have a chat with me if you see me around college, or get in touch with any questions. email@example.com