New Year's Honours
Two Fellows of the College Honoured
Helen Margetts has been awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to social and political science.
Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford, a Turing Fellow and Director of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She has worked as Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (2011-2018), OII being a multi-disciplinary department of the University of Oxford dedicated to understanding the relationship between the Internet and society. Throughout her research career, she has worked to demonstrate the value of multi-disciplinary research for social science; to raise the profile of social science across the mathematical and physical sciences in the newer fields of data science and artificial intelligence; and to maximise the policy impact of social science research.
Professor Margetts writes: “I believe passionately that a rich multi-disciplinary mix and new methodological approaches are needed to understand - and shape - society and politics in a digital world.”
Lucinda Rumsey, Senior Tutor at Mansfield College, is MBE for services to widening participation in higher education.
Lucinda Rumsey is responsible for admissions and access at Mansfield, and has academic care for all Mansfield undergraduates. She is also a Supernumerary Fellow in English, and has taught Medieval Literature at Mansfield for twenty-eight years.
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”.