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Durham University

Van Mildert College


Staying involved

Your connection with Van Mildert College doesn't end when you graduate. In fact, leaving Durham marks the beginning of your lifelong membership of our vibrant alumni community, with many opportunities for remaining engaged with College. There are many ways to stay involved with College after graduation.

To stay up to date with the latest opportunities, make sure you're signed up to the alumni society at

The Mildert Link

In particular, alumni are in possession of that most mercurial of assets, so sought after by students: experience. This puts our graduates from right across our history in an unparalleled position to make a real difference to current students.

Van Mildert College is stepping up its efforts to connect students and alumni through a new online hub called the Mildert Link that will help bring the extended college community closer together. With the ability to communicate with a limited number of alumni through an easy-to-use messaging system that means no personal details are ever visible, a student will be able to ask about the real nature of an industry or the tricks of the interview process.

Alumni will be able to sign-up to offer advice to students from the moment they leave College, and we hope that we are able to build a strong network with a range of experiences across different areas of professional life. From recent graduates who just last year went through the gruelling graduate scheme assessment centre process and can offer help for surviving the marathon to those of our alumni who now sit on the other side of the desk; from those who shunned the rat-race and went travelling to those who set up their own businesses; from those in the charity sector to those in government; the Mildert Link will facilitate conversation and guidance as our students prepare to embark on the next stage of their journey.

Customisable and flexible, the Mildert Link will be safe and easy to manage. Alumni will be able to control how many students can contact them at any one time and, if they’re too busy to keep in touch but still want to help, there will be an option to have a static profile that details their career to date and any advice they would give to students aiming to follow in their footsteps.

Grey College have had a scheme similar to this running for a few years now and have over 500 alumni signed up to support their current students so naturally we hope to beat this number as soon as possible when we launch the Mildert Link!

Email to register your interest now and we will email you personally to let you know when we are ready to launch. To make sure sign up is as smooth as possible, make your Dunelm account now at

Become a College Mentor

For alumni living in or around the Durham area, one of the best ways to get involved in College is by becoming a College Mentor. Mentors receive SCR membership, the ideal way to remain part of the College community, but most importantly they provide direct and lasting pastoral support for current students.

Should you be interested in becoming a College Mentor, please contact the College Secretary,, for further details.