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: Alexander Boardman (he/him)
Hello! I’m Alex (he, him), a second year PPE student and President of the JCR.
My main role is to champion the interests of the JCR to college. I have regular meetings with the college’s governing body, joint-consultative committee, and the principal, to raise students’ concerns. Through weekly mailouts, Facebook posts, and conversations with students, I then relay to the JCR the outcomes of these meetings. I also chair weekly JCR bench meetings to check in with the rest of the bench and make sure we are doing the best we can to represent Mansfielders. Public meetings (with doughnuts) are held Sundays of even weeks so do come along!
On the university level, I work with other JCR Presidents through PresCom meetings to discuss ways to improve the student experience for all undergraduates. I also meet with the Student Union to gather information on the best practices for operating a JCR and to learn how to build campaigns around issues affecting students.
I am always very keen to meet students and hear concerns so that we can ensure Mansfield lives up to its friendly and progressive reputation. Please do email me (email@example.com), reach out on social media, or shout me down on the quad if there is any question or concern that you have!
Vice-President (Executive): Daniel Surrey (he/him)
Hello everyone! I am Daniel (he/him), a second year History student, and the Vice President (Exec) of the JCR. I organise the accommodation room ballot and am the liaison between the JCR and the accommodations manager. Apart from this, I also work with the rest of the JCR bench to organise fresher’s week events and resolve any issues raised. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask me in-person if you see me around!
Vice-President (Welfare): Ellie Jones (she/her)
Hi everyone, my name is Ellie (she/her) and I’m the VP Welfare on the JCR! I’m a second year law student, and my door is always open if you need someone to talk to, or have concerns about the implementation of welfare schemes in college. If you send me pictures of your pets I will pay you in welfare cookies!
Secretary: Saris Dave (she/her)
Hi everyone! I'm Saris (she/her), a second-year student studying Law with German Law here at Mansfield. As the secretary of the bench, I am responsible for the administrative side of things to make sure that the JCR can function smoothly. I organise meetings, collate the agenda for these and write the minutes. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns, always happy to help!
Women*s Officer: Dolly Richardson (she/her)
Hi, I’m Dolly (she/her), a second-year geographer and women*s officer for Mansfield JCR. My responsibility is to make the college a safer, more enjoyable space for anyone who identifies as a woman. I will be working closely with the Welfare Bench to help offer varying welfare events and opportunities, as well as working to keep welfare lockers well stocked and providing (confidential) reimbursements for things like emergency contraception. More broadly, I hope to help promote spaces of open dialogue around the different issues women* face so that all women* can feel supported and advocated for. Whether it be for some emotional support, to offer any suggestions or ideas, or you just fancy a chat, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on email@example.com
Ethnic Minorities Officer: Holly Agbukor (she/her)
Hi everyone, my name is Holly (she/her) and I am Ethnic Minorities Officer at Mansfield this year! In this role I hope to uplift students from ethnic backgrounds and support them in feeling more at home at Mansfield and in the wider Oxford community. I am also keen to promote cultural exchanges, taking advantage of the beauty in diversity and the opportunities we have to learn from each other and our unique backgrounds. Any questions, concerns or general ideas, please feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
Religion & Faith Officer: Hasnain Sumar (he/him)
Hi! I’m Hasnain (he/him), a second year Theology and Religion student and the current Religion and Faiths Officer. My role involves representing everyone who adheres to a religion or faith and making sure that they have a voice in the JCR. I aim to make Mansfield a more religiously inclusive college where students feel safe to explore and express their religious beliefs or faith, as well as giving students the opportunity to take a more active role in learning about the religious diversity in Mansfield. As the Religion and Faiths officer, I also sit on the welfare bench, which means that I will be working with other members of the welfare bench to organise different welfare events and promote the safeguarding and wellbeing of all members of the JCR.
I hope to work with other colleges and faith-based societies to organise some great events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for those!
If you have any ideas or questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com or tell me in-person if you see me around!
Treasurer: Leila Seif-Nobakht (she/her)
Hi, my name is Leila and I’m a second year PPE student. I’ll be your treasurer, which means I’ll be managing the JCR budget and processing reimbursements. Please reach out if you have any questions about JCR funds or ideas on how to spend money. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org so please feel free to reach out.
Disabilities and Mental Health Officer: Declan Webster (he/him)
Hi everyone, my name is Declan (he/him), a second-year history student and the Disabilities and Mental Health officer on the JCR bench. If you ever feel the need to speak to someone about issues relating to my role or have concerns don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm happy to advocate on behalf of students and work with the college to address any issues that may arise.
In my role as the disabilities and mental health officer, I plan to run awareness sessions and provide introductory support during freshers’ week. I'm also keen to work with other organizations to increase outreach and support for students with disabilities and mental health concerns, particularly in my current role as part of the SU’s disability campaign, as well as to act as a link between the JCR and other student-led organisations. If you have any ideas or suggestions for how we can better serve and support these students, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'm always open to hearing new ideas and finding ways to make a positive impact In college. Contact me at: Declan.email@example.com
VSP Officer: Audrey McNeal (she/her)
Hi, my name is Audrey McNeal and I represent the Visiting Students (VSPs) at Mansfield College! In this position, I organise events for the VSPs, serve as a member of the Welfare Team, and liaise our interests to the College. I love promoting cross-cultural exchange, making space for engaging discussion, and listening to students' ideas about how to make the most of our study abroad experience! firstname.lastname@example.org
Access and Media Officer: Lauren Gannie (she/her)
Hi, I’m Lauren (she/her), a 2nd year English student and the Access and Social Media officer for the JCR. My role is to run the JCR social media pages and to encourage other students to get involved with access work. I’m also here to make sure that people from all kinds of different backgrounds feel welcomed and comfortable in college. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email at email@example.com
Charities and Ethics Officer: Deborah Ogunsanwo (she/her)
Hi! I’m Debbie (she/her) and I’m a second-year English student and this year’s Ethics and Charities rep. My role is to help utilise and strengthen Mansfield’s dedication to ethical and charitable causes and help the college community to get involved in this process. My position on the JCR will help advocate for charitable commitments both within the Oxford community and on a wider, global scale. I hope to put on fundraising events as well as promote ongoing charitable and or awareness-raising events, both within Oxford during term and outside of it. Feel free to get in contact with me if you have any questions about my role and what I can support with, any ideas about events, or what you can get involved with regarding ethics and charity in Oxford!
Entertainment Representatives: Tabby Jarman (she/her), Zaahra Masood (she/her), Anna Monger (she/her)
Hey, we are your entz reps tabby (she/her), Zaahra (she/her) and Anna (she/her). We are in charge of all things entertainment at Mansfield! This includes hosting crazy BOPs and classy C&Cs. Tabby is a second-year historian, Zaahra a second year humsci and Anna a second year mathmagician. We love a good boogie and hosting fun themed events that every member of the JCR can enjoy! Keep one eye on the Mansfield entz Instagram to keep updated (@mansfield.entz).
Environment and Ethics Officer: Eireann Staunton (she/her)
Hi, I’m Eireann (she/her), a second-year geography student and the Environment and Ethics Officer. I am here to promote environmentally friendly and ethical choices throughout college. I am hoping to run some fun events that have little environmental twists and also to produce some resources that will enable students and staff to make more ethical choices in and around college. Please feel free to reach out if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns surrounding Mansfield’s environmental interests at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports and Societies Representative: Toby Folkes (he/him)
Hi, I’m Toby (he/him) and I’m a second-year materials science student, and I’m the Sports and Societies Officer for this year. This role involves coordinating with presidents and captains of college societies and sports teams, and trying to provide funding for clubs at Mansfield. I am also involved with organising Mansfield Freshers’ Fair, and sorting out various funds, such as the Blues fund. If you have any questions about college societies, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
LGBTQ+ Officer: Liv Ransome (she/her)
Hiya! I’m Liv (she/her), a second-year English student and the JCR representative for LGBTQIA+ people at Mansfield. I’ll be running events for the community throughout the year; my role also involves offering support, advice, and flagging up relevant uni and college resources - including Mansfield’s Gender Expression Fund, which offers reimbursement for trans and gender non-conforming students’ expenditure on gender-affirming materials. I’m here to make sure that college is a welcoming space for all queer and questioning people, so if you have any ideas, issues, or just want to say hi please do get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
Returning Officer: Kate French (she/her)
Hi, I'm Kate (she/her), a second year PPE student and the Returning Officer for the JCR. This means I'm responsible for interpreting the JCR constitution and ensuring that everyone follows it. I also handle elections for JCR roles, as well as any potential complaints about bench members. If you have any questions or concerns, you're always welcome to reach out, and if you see me around college feel free to say hi!
Freshers Officer: Flavius Covaci (he/him)
Hi everyone! I'm Flav (he/him), a first year English student. As Freshers Officer, my role is to represent the needs of all current and incoming first years in the JCR student body. My main responsibilities include ordering stash (college merch - yes, the puffers) and organising Freshers Week 2023. We're in for a vibey time! I am also on the Welfare Bench and will soon be peer-support trained, so I am interested in putting on some welfare events outside of 0th week. If you have any event or project ideas, or just need to talk about anything, please feel free to reach out at email@example.com.