Founded in 1896 as a theological college for students wishing to become Nonconformist ministers, Mansfield has grown significantly during its 127 years in Oxford. In 1956 we began taking students in subjects other than Theology and were awarded the status of a Permanent Private Hall in the University of Oxford. In 1995 this was changed to full College status and the College received its royal charter.
Today Mansfield continues to grow under the leadership of its new Principal, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, and our 300+ undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom come from Further Education or Sixth Form colleges, read in a variety of academic subjects. All this while enjoying life in one of Oxford's friendliest and most forward-thinking colleges.