Mansfield College | University of Oxford
Mansfield College
The Main Building, Mansfield College.
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Mansfield College

Mansfield is one of the smaller colleges, and we provide a supportive environment in which our students can excel academically. All our first-year undergraduates attend an induction programme before they begin their course, where they receive guidance about how to get the most out of their time at university.

Mansfield CollegeAn open day at Mansfield College.
Throughout its history Mansfield has worked hard to make an Oxford education available to previously under-represented groups. Our proportion of students from the state sector is the highest among Oxford colleges. As well as outreach work with our link regions in Greater London and Yorkshire, Mansfield runs events specifically for colleges of further education and sixth form colleges.


Mansfield occupies one of the best sites in Oxford, a short walk away from the Science Area and University libraries and close to the city centre but in a quiet position near the University Parks.

Accommodation and meals

All first years are accommodated on site. Finalists are either on site, or in college-run accommodation a 15-minute walk away. Second years currently rent private houses, but Mansfield hopes to have completed a building project on site by summer 2017, which would mean our undergraduates would no longer need     to rent privately. Most undergraduates living on site have ensuite facilities, but there are also more spacious rooms, with shared bathrooms, in the older part of college. All rooms have telephone and internet connections. The dining hall provides some of the best food in the University at reasonable prices and in impressive surroundings, and the Crypt café with bar and terrace offers a more informal eating space.

Read more on the college website.


The well-stocked library is a beautiful wood-panelled room in a quiet area of college, with three other separate libraries for Theology, Geography, Law and History, all open 24 hours a day. Mansfield is fortunate to share Merton’s sports grounds, just a few minutes’ walk from the college, with tennis and squash courts, and free gym membership for all students. We have a very sociable college cat.

Student societies

Student societies depend on the interests of current students, but established societies include a very popular film club, evening discussion groups, thriving subject societies such as geography and law societies, and regular events to encourage and celebrate the achievements of women in the college. Mansfield is among the leading colleges for involvement in student journalism. The chapel is available for music practice and holds regular lunchtime recitals, and there is an active college choir. Our small size makes it very easy to be involved in a wide range of sports teams, including netball, football and cricket, and many of our students try rowing for the first time when they come to Mansfield.

Academic staff


Dr Emma Howard*
Dr Venessa Berenguer-Rico* 


Dr Christopher Martin*
Dr Vicente Grau*

English Literature

Professor Ros Ballaster*
Ms Lucinda Rumsey*
Dr Michele Mendelssohn*


Dr Richard Powell*
Dr Pamela Berry*
Dr Derek McCormack*

History, Modern

Dr Kathryn Gleadle*
Dr Helen Lacey*

Human Sciences

Dr Andrew Gosler*


Dr Pavlos Eleftheriadis*
Ms Nancy Eisenhauer*
Dr Andrew Higgins 

Materials Science

Dr Jason Smith*
Dr Marina Galano*


Professor Peter Keevash*
Professor Colin Please*
Mr Derek Goldrei*
Dr Matti Vihola 

Oriental Studies

Dr Alison Salvesen*


Dr Paul Lodge*
Dr Katherine Morris*


Professor Stephen Blundell*
Professor Steven Biller*
Dr C Sukumar


Dr David Leopold*
Dr Richard Coggins


Dr David Lincicum*
Professor Joel Rasmussen*

Student welfare


The Revd Canon John Ovenden


Dr Pavlos Eleftheriadis*

Tutor for Women

Dr Katherine Morris*


Mr Allan Dodd*

*Fellow of the college