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: Beth Gilmour
Hi, I’m Beth. I’m a second-year Law student and President of the Mansfield JCR. There are lots of elements to my role which can be split 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 writing surveys and procrastinating in the crypt so people can always come chat to me)
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. I also attend things like Pres-Com to meet other JCR Presidents and make sure we are offering the Undergraduates at Mansfield the same as the rest of the University. I also keep up to date on what’s going on in the MCR to bring together the college as a whole. 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! firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President (Executive): Adam Baker
Hi, I’m Adam, a second-year PPE 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 any queries about hall food, come seek me out. I also organise the annual room ballot, allocating college accommodation. Other responsibilities include supporting the President and managing the executive branch of the JCR. Feel free to speak to me about any general questions or concerns you may have. '
Vice President (Welfare): Katie Hunter
Hello, I’m Katie, a second-year History student and JCR Vice President for Welfare. My role encompasses all aspects of JCR welfare, including coordinating 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 resources are easily accessible.
I’m an active Peer Supporter, which means that I have undergone thirty hours of training with the University Counselling Service in order to confidentially support students through any matter that affects them while at university.
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 available to support students.
If you have any concerns at all please get in touch! email@example.com
Treasurer: Ollie Harding
Hi, I'm Ollie, a second-year Maths 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. Additionally, if you have any queries about your battels, speak to me or go directly to the College Bursar.
Women's Officer: Sara Dalzell
I'm Sara (she/her) and I'm a second-year History student here at Mansfield. My role on the JCR bench is to deal with 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 for anyone in the college, restock the welfare lockers (please send me suggestions for anything you think they need), reimburse people for emergency contraception and sustainable period products, organise college parents and children, and arrange social events. Please feel free to message me with any questions/concerns/suggestions!
BME Officer: Musta Iqbal
Hi, I'm Musta and I'm a second-year Law student here at Mansfield. I'm the BME Officer for the JCR, which means I represent undergraduates who come from ethnic minority backgrounds. My role includes organising social events so that you have the chance to meet and chat to other BME students and eat cool foods from all around the world. I also do my utmost best to care for the welfare of BME students. I’m a trained peer supporter, and I'm happy to have a chat to or just listen when individuals need a pair of ears. Beyond this, I also bring up welfare issues to the wider college community, including to senior members of staff, so that college is aware of the steps it can be taking to improve and make Mansfield a more inclusive space for all.
Environment, Ethics and Charities Officer (EEC): Vaishna Surjid
Hi, I’m Vaishna, a second year history student, and I’m the Environment, Ethics and Charities Officer (EEC). My role involves encouraging Mansfield, both in terms of college and students themselves, to become more sustainable, ethical and charitable. My role includes liaising with college with student concerns in any of these three senses. I have also put on clothes swaps, donated profits to selected charities, and sorted out stash! If you have any suggestions or queries, feel free to message me!
Visiting Student Rep: Jacob Kaufhold
Hi, my name is Jacob Kaufhold. I’m the Visiting Student rep on the bench this year. I am (of course) a Visiting Student, from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Back home I study Economics and International Relations, while here I’m a PPEist. My role on the bench is mainly to make sure VSP interests are heard and represented, and to promote VSP welfare through events and by helping the rest of the welfare team. I also act as a point of contact and try to implement off-site welfare programming — I am currently working on setting up off-site welfare teas. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions:
Patryck Imielski: Returning Officer
My name is Patryk Imielski and I'm a second year student studying Theology and Religion. I'm the Returing Officer, which means that I am the sole interpreter of the JCR Constitition and responsible for making sure that the JCR Bench abides by it. Although I am technically not on the JCR Bench, my role requires constant communication with the Bench and members of the JCR. Please contact me if you have any concerns or problems relating to the Constitution, or something in general.
Jenny Scoones: LGBTQ+ Rep
Hi, I’m Jenny, a second-year English Literature student and the LGBTQ+ rep! I represent all people who identify as having an LGBTQ+ identity. Please feel free to say hello if you see me around college, or just get in touch.
Sports & Societies Officer: Rob Power
I’m Rob, 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 can also provide funding and help to various Mansfield societies and arts events. This is done in tandem with publicising events, and (at the beginning of the year) organising Mansfield Freshers’ Fair for new students, as well as working with the development office to speak to potential donors.
Entertainment Reps: Frankie, Caitlin & Alex
Hi, we’re Frankie (left), Caitlin (centre) and Alex (right) and we’re your entertainment representatives. We’re all in second year, Frankie does History and Caitlin & Alex do PPE. Our job is to organise all the social activities that happen in college throughout the term. This usually consists of a couple of BOPs (college parties), two C+Cs (champagne and chocolates) and other activities like pub quizzes, summer BBQs and sports days. If you have any entertainment-related questions or just fancy a general chat, feel free to contact us! Entzmansfield@gmail.com
Disabilities & Mental Health Officer: Grace Beresford-Boon
Hi, I'm Grace, a second 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 Disability Advisory services , 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 at all then please get in touch!
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
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.