Senior Tutor Lucinda Rumsey has received an MBE for services to social mobility in Higher Education. She was accompanied to the ceremony by current and former access staff, Helen Brooks, Helen Etty and Jenny Medland. These individuals, along with many other staff, tutors and students have played a vital role in building up and sustaining the Mansfield’s access work.

Prior to the ceremony, staff and students gathered together to celebrate Lucinda’s work and the many people who have made it possible. 

In acknowledging the honour, Lucinda hailed all those who acted on their belief in the power of education to foster social mobility.

“I feel very lucky”, she writes, “to be part of Mansfield College, an institution long committed to encouraging access. A large proportion of Mansfield students volunteer as access ambassadors and we have incredibly energetic and resourceful access and admissions staff. Our tutors and Principal act on their beliefs in the power of education for change. In the wider University I am hugely grateful for the generous and collaborative work of many colleagues towards our common aim of widening access to Oxford and I give thanks to all those students whose tenacity and thirst for knowledge is the foundation of what we do”. 


Principal Helen Mountfield speaking at the celebration