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Van Mildert College

About Van Mildert

“Durham University consists of 16 very diverse and distinctive colleges. We feel, however, that Van Mildert is exceptionally distinctive. Our College occupies a unique lake-side setting on the hill, with a range of great facilities and friendly support staff. High academic achievement is matched, for example, on the sports field, in the concert hall and on the stage and by our many outreach projects with our partners in and around the city. Our senior management team (Principal, Deputy Principal and Bursar) is open and committed to supporting the student body through the Junior Common Room's President and Executive Committee, helping drive their agendas for the benefit of all the many members of the College.

During your academic life in Durham you will largely be based in your departments, their laboratories and the libraries but Van Mildert will be your home. Here you will find a friendly, comfortable and secure environment, interacting with some five hundred resident and almost five hundred non-resident Mildertians. Here too there is ample space to develop your own interests, talents and personality and establish enduring friendships with your peers. We can offer an excellent library, comfortable reading room, computer room, music suite (with rehearsal rooms and a recording studio), a well-equipped gym, snooker room, spacious common room and bar, as well as the largest dining hall in the entire University. You will also find here the support structures which underpin the quality of the student experience that Van Mildert provides to all its members, resident and non-resident alike.

The success or otherwise of our College community depends to large extent on yourselves, a young vibrant student cohort with fresh aspirations and innovative ideas. You will be encouraged to become involved in the life of the College community and engage in the many traditions that define the legendary spirit of Van Mildert. And when you leave you will join the ranks of a distinguished alumni population that has made its mark on society in Britain and elsewhere.”

David Harper, Principal of Van Mildert College