Mansfield College, Oxford

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Mansfield College
Established 1886
Sister CollegeNone
Principal Dr Diana Walford
JCR President Ed Mayne
Graduates 42
Undergraduates 193

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Mansfield College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Located close to the University Parks, it is one of the smallest colleges within the university.

History

The college was originally founded (under the name of Spring Hill College) in Birmingham, as a college for Nonconformist students, who could not at that time be admitted to Oxford or Cambridge.

The college moved to Oxford following the relaxation of the religious restrictions, and was founded in its present form by George and Elizabeth Mansfield in 1886. The Victorian buildings were designed by Basil Champneys.

Until 1995 Mansfield was a Permanent Private Hall rather than a college, the Queen's Charter being awarded in that year. Deemed 'the Kylie Minogue' of colleges it has been described as small yet perfectly formed. Undeniably with a population exceeding little more than 180 undergraduates at any one point, Mansfield remains the smallest undergraduate college in Oxford University, apart from Harris Manchester, which only accepts mature students. Open and liberal too, its reputation for food around the university is excellent - although its performance in the Norrington Table has been far from exemplary. It is the leader of the University's F.E. Access scheme and has amongst the highest proportions of state school students at any Oxbridge college.

No description of Mansfield would be complete without mention of Hugh and Mike, the porters. Hugh Flint was the drummer for John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and appeared on their first two albums, the second of which featured Eric Clapton. He later formed the band McGuiness Flint.

Amongst her notable academic staff include the Reverend Dr. John Muddiman - G. B. Caird Fellow in New Testament Theology.

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