Authority Granted February 10, 1956.
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Founded 1838 as Spring Hill College, Birmingham. 1886 moved to Oxford. 1955 given status of a Permanent Private Hall. 1995 Given Royal Charter as a full Oxford college.
Principal: Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws.
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History: Spring Hill College in Birmingham was the first college for Nonconformist students, i.e., students not affiliated with the established church.
Students of any religious affiliation before 1871 were legally entitled to attend universities but only members of the established Church of England were allowed to take degrees.
In 1871, the Universities Tests Act ended religious tests for non-theological degrees at Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham Universities, opening them to Nonconformists.
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To meet this need, in 1886 Spring Hill College moved to Oxford, being renamed Mansfield College after donors George and Elizabeth Mansfield. It was Oxford's first Nonconformist college.
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Mansfield admitted its first mixed-gender cohort in 1979, having previously not accepted women.