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Oxford's youngest and smallest college has a lot to be proud of considering its youth. An attractive location, impressive architecture and a fierce intellectual pedigree combine to make Mansfield a force at the forefront of moving Oxford into the 21st century.

http://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/

Mansfield's history as a Private Hall dates back to the 19th century. Mansfield is sometimes nicknamed the "Kylie Minogue of colleges", being "small but well-formed". Claiming the title of "the smallest college", it recently gained a 300-year-old rivalry with Corpus Christi, from whom Mansfield wrested this title in 1995.

Motto: Deus locutus est nobis in Filio ("God hath spoken unto us by [his] Son", Hebrews 1:1–2)

Established in 1886

Principal: Dr Diana Walford
JCR President: Alex Morris
Undergraduates: 200
MCR President: Valentina Pugliano
Graduates: 73
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Any mansfield students?
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It's one on my list to visit but notice they only provide accomodation for first years and some final years. Is it hard to find accomodation around Oxford and is it expensive?
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It is fairly expensive to rent a house yeah, but not a great deal more so than what some colleges charge. One of my friends who's at Oxford is paying over £4,500 to share a house next year. But the added bonus of Mansfield is that it has amongst the cheapest accomodation fees in the whole uni (deffo in the bottom 3 i think) so it probably works out fairly similar to, if not less than many other colleges, especially if you live in for 2 of the 3 years. I also read something recently that the colleges were being instructed to increase the accomodation of students by a third. I'm not sure if this means accomodating more students throughout the whole 3 years or allowing more to stay outside term times, but it could be that more rooms will be made available to final year undergrads in the future. I'm not at all sure about this though.
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Thanks

Any current students about?
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Thanks

Any current students about?
I'm a 2nd year at Mansfield! Feel free to ask any questions and I'll try to remember to check this from time to time.

Re accommodation, the college provides everyone with a room on the main site in their 1st year. Everyone is also entitled to a college room either in the main site, in a college owned block in Cowley or in a college owned house in their 3rd year (or 4th year if you're doing a 4 year course) and there is a ballot to decide who gets to live where. We have to live out in the 2nd year and most people end up renting houses with friendship groups and paying at least £4000 in rent plus bills. The prices of college accommodation were pretty cheap in my 1st year, but I think their increasing the prices above the general inflation rate next year as the college is relatively poor... not too sure though. They should still be cheaper than the most expensive colleges though and college rooms are decent, if not amazing.

I think that if/when the college do increase their accommodation provision on site, the priority will be to have room for all the finalists to live on site and 2nd years will still have to live out, but again not certain.
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That's great thanks

What are your sports facilities like in particular football and rugby, any idea?
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We dont have any of our own sports facilities, except for sharing a boathouse with St Hildas and I think its Merton who lets us use their playing field? Of course it is possible to be good at sport without having your own facilities - look at Teddy - but I dont think Mansfield achieves it. Our quod is the best for crochet though, we do well at that!
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That's great thanks

What are your sports facilities like in particular football and rugby, any idea?
Oops, sorry echolife... been bogged down in exams, etc and haven't checked for a while! As has been said we share the sports grounds with merton we have joint teams with them in most sports. In fact I think most of the teams are made up mainly of Merton students but I think that's just cause more Merton people have put themselves up for teams rather than there being a merton bias. One of my friends (mansfielder) is actually the captain of the football team so there's the chance to get involved in college sports in a big way if you want. As far as I know the facilities are decent, merton has quite a lot of money and does most things well!
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I've got the place to study for an MPhys at Mansfield. What scholarships and / or bursaries can I apply for? What experiences do people have of these? Are there any companies that will give scholarships? I'd like to hear if you got a bursary or scholarship at oxford...

Thanks in advance!
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Hello Moto,

Congrats on getting in!

In terms of scholarships, Oxford is slightly thrifty. There are no blanket bursaries they make, all are based on income. Unfortunately, I have no experience of these.

The physics department also give out bursaries. I seem to remember they only released the terms and conditions to qualify for them about a week before I "came up", so don't be surprised if they do the same for you. If you email me on the address in my profile, I'll try and forward their email to you so you'll be ahead of the game.

As for companies giving scholarships, well, that depends. If you're willing to sign your life away, I expect quite a few firms would be happy to pay your way through uni so that they have a fully qualified physicist at the end of it. I seem to remember the Army are happy to do that. I'm afraid I don't know any more than that.

If you have any more questions about Oxford or Mansfield, don't hesitate to get in touch.
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OK. So the bursaries only cover tuition fees? Or are they for accomodation as well?

Is there any student parking in Mansfield?
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OK. So the bursaries only cover tuition fees? Or are they for accomodation as well?

Is there any student parking in Mansfield?
No, a friend of mine got in trouble for leaving his car in the Mansfield carpark for just a day. And I think that technically Oxford students are not even supposed to have cars in Oxford.
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OK. So the bursaries only cover tuition fees? Or are they for accomodation as well?

Is there any student parking in Mansfield?
In response to your 1st question, you can get a student loan to cover the cost of the tuition fees so I'm guessing that the bursaries are to cover accommodation costs and general expenses.
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Hi all my name's Simon ..................

I'm thinking of applying to Mansfield (as part of my Oxford application) for Philosophy & Theology this year..............

Basically i checked the Tsr Wiki page made about Oxford Colleges (i.e. a page showing the pro's and con's of each college etc), however there was no page made for Mansfield (as far as i could find)..................

I was wondering therefore.............

If people who go to Mansfield College could break down into a list the pro's and con's of the college itself??? - similar to the style as of the Wiki page i was talking about above if possible............

Do not hold back on the negatives either lol as i would (as much as i can before open days any ways) like to find out about Mansfield..............

Thanks to all those who help out :tsr2:

PS.

I'm quite on outgoing individual - i.e. i wish to be in a relaxed environment not just work work work lol
as well as being into my sports (football and rugby - although i'm open to new things)

If you need any more information about myself to better evaluate whether Mansfield would be suitable for me let me know
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Mansfield was a non-conformist college, and so was only belatedly admitted to university membership. I believe it remains quite strong on theology, and there is a seperate theology library.

To be honest its rarely that hot as a first choice for people, but it should be, it is by far the most beautiful of the non-medieval colleges, and of course significantly less oversubscribed than the medieval colleges. It is very pretty, has old looking buildings, and it seems much more spatious than a lot of other colleges considering its size (though we dont have great gardens like trinity or anything - its the non enclosed large circular quod that does it).

Not a good place for sport, but not bad either.

Thats all I have time for at the moment
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^^^ thankx pendragaon, yea i went to mansfield college as part of some school trip my sixth form had arranged to Oxford uni.........

the grounds are pretty nice....the rooms maybe a bit to small......

how are the people etc like, i don't know whether exactly i'll fit in - what i mean by that is........i'm into (in my spare/social time) dj'in/hip hop/reggae music and culture etc if you get what i mean

- i.e. i'm a pretty loose going guy who likes a laugh when work n everything is finished........for example i don't want to go to a college where the idea of a good friday night out is going to a pub (which i don't mind) and talking about global affairs/politics etc, i just want a good laugh with mates

basically i guess what i'm really trying to ask is are people at Mansfield stiff/uptight/work-aholics etc???

PS. i'm not trying to offend anyone at Mansfield by not automatically thinking that people are outgoing and like to have a fun time etc, its just that i've been to some colleges (which i shall not name lol :p: ) where this is not the case and therefore is not an environment that suits me
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Look at where Mansfield usually is on the norrington table and have a guess at whether we are relatively hard working.

Oh and Mansfield tends to have a lot of state school people because it does a lot of access work.

Also the small size can make it a bit too gossipy, but you do know most people in your year group pretty soon.
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Hey Simon
I'm Charlotte, I've just done my 2nd year studying maths and phil.

Seeing as the college is so small the social dynamic seems to vary quite a bit from year to year. I feel like I know most of my year, but regularly go out with the same group of people (which is fine by me) and a lot of my year appear to be the same, but in the year below people seem to socialise in larger, more random (spontaneous) groups. Though on the whole everyone knows eachother and there are usually a group of people in the bar who will then go on somewhere, so you should be able to find a group of people to go out with when you want to. And, yeah there's definitely alot more going on than work, and the atmosphere is fairly relaxed.

We share sports grounds with merton and have joint teams in the main sports (I think they're reasonable), but if you're really good you could play for the uni teams.

The college rooms are either fairly small with en-suite or larger without, and everyone pays the same rate (£800ish per term two years ago) which is a bit below average for Oxford colleges, though there's talk of it being put up.

The theology dept is very good (as pendragon said) and at least one of the tutors is famous in his field. The philosophy dept is also pretty good, though you'll prob have most of your philosophy tutes in other colleges anyway.

All in all I find mansfield a beautiful, open and friendly place and have enjoyed my 2 years there.

Feel free to ask if you have any other questions. Good luck with the app.
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Hi! I'm looking at Mansfield for English. Any past/ current/ prospective students around?
I'm a bit of a long-shot case, are Mansfield the sort that will accept people who aren't all over high-flyers but excel at one subject? I take it that it must be quite a popular college as it's beautiful and small and awesome. Am I right? I just want to give myself the best shot I can. Thanks. xxx
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