One of the notable honourees is our Honorary Fellow, Sir Ben Okri, an acclaimed Nigerian-born British novelist and poet. He has been made Knight Bachelor in the King’s birthday honours for his exceptional literary contributions. Find more about Sir Ben’s literary work.

Joining Sir Ben in this prestigious accolade is alumnus, Ian Howard (Law, 1974), who has been appointed MBE in King’s Birthday Honours list, recognising his immeasurable contribution to the growth of the sport domestically and internationally. Ian is the former Chair and President of British Triathlon and co-founder of Triathlon Trust, a charity that uses the engaging sport of triathlon to inspire children to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Find out more about Ian’s MBE appointment.

Another Mansfield College alumnus, Joe Seddon (PPE, 2015) has been awarded the honour of Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM). Joe founded Zero Gravity, a free social impact tech platform powering state school students into top universities and careers through mentoring. Find out more about Zero Gravity.

Last but not least, alumnus, Chris Jenkins (PPE, 1977) was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the Commonwealth Games and to sport in Wales. Find out more about Chris Jenkins.

Our Principal, Helen Mountfield KC, expressed her delight at the accomplishments of the honourees, stating on Twitter:

“Congratulations to @MansfieldOxford alumni Ian Howard MBE, Joe Seddon BEM of @zerogravity and our honorary fellow Sir Ben Okri @benokri on their birthday honours. We are proud of you all.”


Left to right: Ben Okri, Ian Howard, Joe Seddon and Chris Jenkins