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Centred around a lake in spacious, leafy grounds, Van Mildert College offers a beautiful setting in which to live and study. As one of the larger 'hill colleges' with a diverse community of around 1000 students, staff and tutors from all over the world, Van Mildert offers a relaxed and lively environment with a wide range of clubs and societies on offer. We are particularly well-known for our community spirit, with our growing number of outreach projects, and we are regularly the top fundraisers for DUCK (Durham University Charities Kommittee).
Some good reasons for choosing Van Mildert...
Generosity and Vision: Our genuine commitment to the wider Durham community is well-recognised across the University. We are proud of our portfolio of outreach projects and our students are always keen to find new ways of making a contribution to community life. Our outstanding success in fundraising is further proof of the generous and creative spirit of all Mildertians who live up to our college motto 'Sic vos non vobis' - 'Not for yourselves'.
Participation: Our full and varied social calendar provides a platform for students to perform, entertain and project-manage numerous small and large-scale events ranging from our fashion show, to our '48-hour production', to our Summer Ball. Van Mildert is also one of the sporting powerhouses of the University and has often come top of the college league tables. The skill base among our students never fails to impress and allows many of them to gain very useful practical experience whilst having a lot of fun.
Space to be Yourself: Based on mutual respect and tolerance Mildert offers an inclusive and responsive environment which continues to evolve in line with the changing needs and interests of our members. We therefore encourage discussion and participation in decision making but, at the same time, we recognise that students are also looking for space to be themselves through their studies and social life.
Van Mildert “Widens Pupils' Horizons”
(28 May 2006)
Van Mildert Young Person’s Project (YPP) has been praised for its programme working with young people in the North East. The scheme, which encourages pupils from underprivileged schools to go on to higher education, was featured in a recent issue of the Sunderland Echo.
Fifty year ten pupils from Pennywell School in Sunderland and St Hild's School in Hartlepool spent five days at Van Mildert College over the Easter holiday. Taking part in activities organised by student volunteers, they had the opportunity to learn new skills as well as enjoy themselves.
The scheme not only built their confidence but also encouraged them to think about going into higher education. They told the Sunderland Echo that they were considering careers including law, nursing, and computer programming as a result of their participation in the scheme.
View the article of from the Sunderland Echo.
YPP has grown since it was founded in 2001 by former Van Mildert Principal George Patterson and wife Pat (headteacher of Pennywell School). The scheme is run by student volunteers who visit pupils every week throughout the year before the residential during the University’s Easter vacation. Whilst staying at Van Mildert, the pupils have the opportunity to get involved in a whole range of activities. As well as trips to “Wet ‘n’ Wild” and bowling, there are business-planning games, sports and teambuilding exercises keep pupils busy. At the end of the week, parents can come and see an assembly showcasing the new skills their children have learnt.
YPP is funded by donations from Van Mildert College’s student body, SCR and alumni as well as fundraising carried out by student members of the YPP team. In addition to activities like the sponsored “monopoly run” every year, the generosity of Mildert alumni and the SCR helps support the project, which receives no funding from the University itself.
“It is a really positive thing,” says YPP Director Hattie Rowley. “Not only does it build the pupils’ confidence, but it’s an opportunity for them to find out more about university life. If as a result more young people from the North East are thinking about going on to higher education, then that makes the whole thing worthwhile.”
For more information about Van Mildert Young Person's Project contact Director Hattie Rowley at: email@example.com.
Contact DetailsVan Mildert College
Mill Hill Lane
Tel. 0191 3347100
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