On Sunday 10 March, the Guardian published an interview with Mansfield College Principal, Helen Mountfield, by Education Editor, Richard Adams.

In the article, Helen said that Oxbridge colleges need to actively help their state school-educated pupils succeed, rather than hope a “magical sorting hat” will uncover their talent.

Helen shares that Mansfield is able to recruit 93% of its undergraduates from UK state schools and see them flourish because of the extra effort [the College] puts in.

The article also describes how Mansfield outperforms the rest of Oxford and many other members of the Russell Group of universities in other ways, with a quarter of its students being the first in their family to go to university, and more than 10% having received free school meals.

Finally, Helen shares Mansfield’s ambitious and transformative plans to make our world class education accessible to all, whatever their background, via our new campaign: For Mansfield. Forever.

The campaign has been kick-started with a gift of £25 million from alumnus, Chris Foster (Mathematics, 1997).

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