Welcome from the Principal
Mansfield College is a special place. Until late in the 19th Century Oxford University excluded students who were not adherents of the Established Church. This meant that Non-Conformists, Catholics and Jews were unable to study at Oxford – never mind women! The founders of Mansfield College were proud Dissenters who felt deeply that such exclusion from education was wrong. They came and parked their metaphorical tanks on Oxfords lawns and established Mansfield College.
This bid for an inclusive Oxford has been at the foundation of Mansfield College’s ethos. A sense of solidarity and community, and the belief in equality are within the mortar and stones of the college. The open quad expresses well the way in which Mansfield welcomes students from all backgrounds and it is a place open to the world of ideas (80% of our students come from State schools). The sculpture by Anthony Gormley at the centre of our site is a declaration that our students conform to no mould.
Mansfield College is about to be home to the Oxford Institute for Human Rights – The Bonavero Institute – a perfect synergy as Mansfield is deeply committed to human rights and strives to make them part of our daily reality.
Come and visit. You will see for yourselves that Mansfield College is not just a great educational institution in a first class university, it is a warm and nurturing incubator of people who will change the world.
Baroness Helena Kennedy