Student Support Fund: Welfare, Hardship and Access
Mansfield is raising funds to provide support for its students, many of whom are facing significant challenges due to the Covid crisis.
From undergraduates struggling to study in noisy or chaotic home environments, to graduates supporting young families and who have lost part-time jobs, we have seen an increasing need for financial and welfare support, as our students deal with the challenges of the pandemic.
Wanting to respond to these needs, we have significantly depleted our Student Support Fund and we anticipate that the need for financial and welfare support will continue to grow. Therefore, your donation to the Student Support Fund will help a student buy a desk or sound-cancelling headphones for home study, provide emergency hardship grants, or welfare support for those who need it.
Our Student Support Fund also makes an important contribution to Mansfield’s ground-breaking Access Programme, thereby supporting students on all stages of their journey to higher education. The global pandemic will only exacerbate inequalities in society, and we must consistently raise funds to protect our work to reach the brightest and best, and offer life-changing opportunities to study at Oxford.
Mansfield’s founding principle of inclusion and openness is central to College. Your support will enable us to provide life-changing opportunities to study at Mansfield, perhaps in spite of challenging financial circumstances or educational background to date.
In 2020, we are celebrating 20 years of ‘Access to Excellence’ work at Mansfield. To find out more, please click here.
We are proud that:
• Mansfield is the Oxford college with the highest proportion of UK undergraduates from the state sector (91% in 2019/20)
• Our community is one of the most diverse of all the Oxford colleges: last year 31% of our students identified as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME). To provide a context for these figures, 21% of students nationally who achieve 3As or above at A level identify as BAME, as do 18% of Oxford students.
• Over 40% of our offer holders are from the most disadvantaged educational and socio-economic backgrounds, compared to 15% of the Oxford applicant pool.