Mansfield College opened in Oxford in 1886. The college had previously been located in Birmingham, where it was known as Spring Hill College. The college became part of the university formally in 1955 when it became a Permanent Private Hall. Before this students could matriculate through other colleges. Since 1955 students have studied for a wide range of degrees and Mansfield was granted full college status in 1995. Whilst Mansfield College is no longer a religious institution its founding principles of freedom of conscience and educational access remain central to the college’s vision.