The College welcomes diversity amongst its students, staff and visitors, recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the College's mission that can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
The policy and practice of Mansfield College requires that all staff are offered equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with the College and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary criterion. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
In relation to students the College aims to provide education of excellent quality at undergraduate and graduate level for intellectually able students, whatever their background. In pursuit of this aim, the College is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that all of its activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential. This statement applies to recruitment and admissions, to the coverage of the curriculum, to teaching and assessment of progress, to welfare and support services, and to staff development and training.
Information for the University of Oxford (within which Mansfield is one College) on gender, race and disability can be found on the University's Equality & Diversity Pages.
- Mansfield Equality Policy & Public Sector Equality Duty
- Mansfield College Equal Opportunities Policy Development & Review
- Mansfield Recruitment Monitoring - Academic Posts (2013-2016)
- Mansfield Recruitment Monitoring - Administrative Posts (2013-2016)
- JCR report on Equality & Diversity for 2015-16 academic year
- MCR report on Equality & Diversity for 2016-17 academic year
- Mansfield Undergraduate Admissions Equality Information
- Mansfield Current Students Equality Information
- Mansfield College Equality Report 2015-16
- Mansfield College Trans Policy
Mansfield College does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimisation and expects all members of the College community, its visitors and contractors to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration.
The College is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all members of the College community are respected.
Mansfield College's Policy and Procedure on Harassment may be found here.
Freedom of Speech
Free speech is the lifeblood of a university. It enables the pursuit of knowledge. It helps us approach truth. It allows students, teachers and researchers to become better acquainted with the variety of beliefs, theories and opinions in the world. Recognising the vital importance of free expression for the life of the mind, a university may make rules concerning the conduct of debate but should never prevent speech that is lawful.
Inevitably, this will mean that members of the College are confronted with views that some find unsettling, extreme or offensive. The College must therefore foster freedom of expression within a framework of robust civility. Not all theories deserve equal respect. A university values expertise and intellectual achievement as well as openness. But, within the bounds set by law, all voices or views which any member of our community considers relevant should be given the chance of a hearing. Wherever possible, they should also be exposed to evidence, questioning and argument. As an integral part of this commitment to freedom of expression, we will take steps to ensure that all such exchanges happen peacefully. With appropriate regulation of the time, place and manner of events, neither speakers nor listeners should have any reasonable grounds to feel intimidated or censored.