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: Sara Cepele
Hi, I’m Sara, a second-year Law student and President of the Mansfield JCR.
I mainly act as a representative for the JCR. In every meeting (and there’s a lot of them), whether it be with College, the University, the Student Union, or Student Council, I vocalise and relay the thoughts and opinions of the JCR. I also liaise with other JCR Presidents in Pres-Com meetings to ensure that what is being offered at Mansfield is on par with the rest of the University. After all my meetings, I then keep everyone updated in my weekly mail-outs on what has been decided and what’s being discussed. As a representative, I also ensure JCR relationships with College and the MCR remain strong.
The fun doesn’t stop there. I also oversee the Executive and Welfare Teams, co-ordinate the Bench, chair the JCR meetings and ensure everyone is carrying out their roles as per our Constitution. As well as this, I produce some quality surveys, send out a lot of emails, collate weekly summaries of events/things going on in Oxford which the JCR might be interested in, and act as the mid-point between the JCR and College.
We are really lucky here at Mansfield to have a College which truly cares and listens to their students and I am grateful to act as your representative.
If you (an incoming or current student) have any questions/comments/suggestions- anything, message me whenever and I am more than happy to help in any way I can.
Vice President (Executive): Liam Connolly
Hi I’m Liam, a second year PPEist and Vice-President (Executive) of Mansfield College JCR. The main responsibilities involved with my role are accommodation and catering in college, so feel free to get in contact with me if you have any issues you want addressed regarding these things. A big part of what I do is to organise and run the annual room ballot, which allocates accommodation. I also help to support the President in their role, and work alongside the various members of the executive bench.
Vice President (Welfare): Anabel Riley
Hello, I’m Anabel. I’m a second year Human Sciences student and JCR Vice President for Welfare. My role involves coordinating the JCR Welfare Team (Women’s* Rep, Men’s* Rep, LGBTQ+ Rep, Ethnic Minorities Rep, Disabilities and Mental Health Rep, International Rep and VSP Officer) and making sure resources are easily accessible. I also organise welfare events in college, such as ‘Cake and Compliments’ and visits from the ‘Cookie Fairy’! Becoming a Peer Supporter is also key to the role, taking thirty hours of training with the University Counselling Service in order to confidentially support students through any matter that affects them while at university. Another big part of my role is effectively communicating with college staff, the SU and other university welfare services to ensure students have the best support possible. Please don’t be afraid to get in touch!
Men's Officer: Mitch Marshall
Hi, I'm Mitch, a historian here at Mansfield, and I'm also the incumbent Men*'s officer. This means I'm here to support anyone in college who identifies partially or wholly as a man with any welfare issues they might have. This means being peer support trained as well as attending and planning welfare events. Me and the Women*'s officer (currently my college sister, Lumi!) are also tasked with keeping the welfare lockers around college and in off-site accommodation with sanitary products, contraception, pregnancy tests and so on. Hope to see you around, do say hello!
Women’s Officer: Lumi Westerlund
Hi! I’m Lumi, the Women’s Officer on the welfare bench at Mansfield and a second year studying PPE. My role is that of representing anyone at Mansfield who identifies wholly or partially as a woman, and any issues that might affect them. I provide sexual health resources, restock the welfare lockers (please send me any suggestions about things to add to them!), and organize college children. I also provide confidential reimbursements for purchases of sustainable menstrual products and emergency contraception. The role includes a peer support training program. The most important part of my role is supporting the women of Mansfield, running social events and creating a safe space where everyone feels comfortable. Please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns/issues or if you just want to chat!
Ethnic Minorities Officer: Britney Bioh
Hi, I'm Britney and I'm a second-year Law student at Mansfield. I am the Ethnic Minorities Officer for the JCR which means my primary responsibility is representing and advocating on behalf of the undergraduates at Mansfield who come from ethnic minority backgrounds. This includes organising welfare events aimed at ensuring that Ethnic Minority students have the support they need and being aware of the resources available to them for any additional support. It is so important that their emotional needs are met especially in turbulent times. I also organise fun social events such as the traditional BME Brunch where we can get together, eat cool international foods and just have a space for ourselves. Whilst working to support Ethnic Minority students this also means liaising with the wider college community and working closely with Helen Mountfield who is the Governing Body Fellow for race to make sure that the voices of Ethnic Minority Students are heard.
Treasurer: Mia Oxer
Hello, I’m Mia, a second-year Geography student and Treasurer for the JCR. As the treasurer, I am responsible for monitoring the JCR finances, while ensuring spending aligns with the JCR budget. I am also responsible for reimbursing students who are entitled to JCR funds, or who have spent money on behalf of the JCR. If you have any questions or need to speak to me regarding any financial matters, don’t hesitate to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or go directly to the College Bursar.
International Students Officer: Jia Wan
Hi, I’m Jia, a second year Physicist at Mansfield. I’m the International Students’ Officer, which means I represent all undergraduates who are international students. My role involves organising social events for international students and making sure the welfare of internationals is taken care of. I also act as a point of contact between college staff and internationals. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Disabilities and Mental Health Officer: Erica Spencer
Hi, I’m Erica, a second year Geography student and the Disabilities and Mental Health Officer! I represent the needs of JCR members who identify as having mental or physical disabilities. My role involves working with the Tutor for Disabilities and the Disabilities Coordinator to improve accessibility within college by helping students access Disability Advisory services, accessible accommodation and exam assistance. I can also signpost students to the right services for them outside of college, including the University Counselling Service, the NHS and charities. If you have any questions or need any assistance please do get in touch.
VSP Officer: Nina Stular
Hi, I’m Nina and I’m the Visiting Student Programme officer on the JCR bench this year. I come from Slovenia, but my home institution is DePauw University in Indiana. In the US I’m majoring in Philosophy and English Literature which are also the kinds of tutorials I’m taking here at Mansfield. As the VSP Officer I’m representing the voices and interests of the VSPs on the bench. I’m also working to facilitate a sense of community between the VSPs and home students and am organizing events and activities to promote VSP welfare in this challenging year. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Access Officer: Efa Bowen
Hi, I'm Efa! I’m a second year studying PPE and I’m the JCR’s Access Officer this year. My role is to ensure that those from underrepresented backgrounds, (such as low income, state school, or a first generation student) feel comfortable when they arrive at Mansfield and have their needs represented by the college. I also help out with school tours in non-COVID times, help to recruit student ambassadors to introduce 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.
Environment and Ethics Officer: Anna-Tina Jashapara
Hi, I'm Anna-Tina, a second year geography student and I’m the JCR Environment and Ethics Officer. My role involves promoting environmental awareness in the JCR and negotiating with college about the ethical and environmental interests of the JCR. I’m involved with some campaigns across Oxford so do get in touch if you’d like to find out more about Oxford campaigning. I also hope to run events like clothes swaps and film screenings - if you have any suggestions for events I could run online or in person, please let me know. Also, if you have any other ideas or just want to discuss anything ethics/environment related (and that can be very broad) I would love to hear from you!
Entertainment Representatives: Entz
Hi, we’re your entertainment representatives for this year; Harry, Sam and Ruby. Occasionally Harry does History, Ruby dabbles in a bit of Geography and Sam bangs out PPE. We’re responsible for the social activities that take place in college, namely college BOP’s and CandC’s (Champagne and Chocolates), but we also run other activities like pub quizzes, summer BBQs and sports days. This year may be more zoom based than we would like but feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions or have any entertainment-related questions.
Sports and Societies Representative: Ben Paterson
Hi, I’m Ben, a second-year Geography student and the JCR’s Sports and Societies Officer. My role mainly involves promoting events and providing funding for Mansfield’s clubs and societies. As well, I provide funding for individual students who play university-level sport. I am also in charge of encouraging arts events within College, co-ordinating the JCR Freshers’ Fair during Freshers’ week, and working with the development office to speak to potential donors. If you have any questions or ideas related to sports and societies at Mansfield, feel free to drop me a message.
LGBTQ+ Officer: Lily Down
Hi, I’m Lily, a second year English student and the Mansfield LGBTQ+ Officer. I’m here to represent the needs of all Mansfielders who identify as LGBTQIA+. Part of my job is that I’m responsible for the Gender Expression Fund, where trans and gender non-conforming students can be reimbursed for clothing that better fits their gender identity! I’m also on the Welfare Bench, and hold welfare events throughout the academic year. I am always happy to help, whether you want to raise something with the JCR, or if you’d just like a chat. Feel free to drop me a message/email any time.
Returning Officer: Harry Twohig
Hi, I'm Harry and I'm a second year studying History. I'm the JCR Returning Officer, which means that I am responsible for making sure that the JCR Bench abides by the rules set out in the constitution. I'm also responsible for running JCR elections, scrutinizing the work of the bench and handling any complaints. While I'm independent of the bench, you can still contact me if you have any concerns or questions relating to the constitution, elections or the general running of the JCR. See you around!