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Van Mildert College

Induction Information for Undergraduate Students Commencing Their Studies in October 2016

Congratulations and Welcome from the Principal

I am delighted to welcome you to the Van Mildert College Community. May I add my own congratulations on your magnificent achievement in securing a place at Durham University, and on joining our distinguished band of Mildertians. I am sure you will make the most of the huge diversity of opportunities available to participate in our friendly and inclusive community.

The transition from school to university is a major landmark in your lives but College is here to help. Freshers’ Sunday is a key event in the Mildert academic year when you will meet our Freshers’ Reps, a group of dedicated and highly-motivated senior students appointed to look after you during your first days in College and help make this transition. The Freps will introduce you to life in our College community and its many opportunities during your first week. Our scholarly community in College includes over 50 clubs, committees and societies to complement your academic activities. I hope that you will all participate in at least one of our student-led organizations, developing your own student experience but also enhancing our vibrant College.

The College Officers, the College staff and student support team, are here to give you all the support you need in making the very most of your undergraduate life at Van Mildert.

Prof. David A.T. Harper, B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., C.Geol., EurGeol.
Van Mildert College

Welcome from the JCR President

If you’re reading this I believe congratulations are in order! You are now officially a Mildertian. Come 2nd October, you will be joining the Van Mildert Junior Common Room, the JCR, and a body I hope you will quickly develop an unrelenting affinity with as you progress through your academic career at the incredible Durham University.

Our JCR is not just a room, in which you can play darts, practice a dance routine or simply just to sit in and chill with friends. Every individual undergraduate of the college is a valued member of the JCR, it's not just YOU, or ME, but it is US. From your first day until your last, you have the chance to create your own piece of history and take what you want out of our JCR, whether that be being a member of our many sports teams, art projects or our six fantastic community outreach schemes. The opportunities you get by being a member of the JCR are endless!

So where does this leave me? I am YOUR JCR President; I am now working full time to further the interests of the JCR with the College and University staff. So please don’t be scared to come and have a chat if you need help, I am here to help YOU no matter how small the problem. If you have ideas on how we can develop, bring them to me. If you want to explore the possibility of academic lectures in college, bring your ideas to me. Or if you simply want to hear some nostalgic experiences, I’ll be in the Bar/JCR most nights of the week so come and say hello!

This college is truly special. What it offers, is unique and unparalleled. No other university or college will give you the same experience a Mildert student goes through. You will retain the friends and experiences for the rest of your life and shed tears when you leave, after all, it quickly stops being university and instead you will call it home.

When you’re here, work hard academically, work hard for the JCR but also take time for yourself. You’ve made it, relax, and chill out. Help and advice is here if you need it. The more you put into Mildert, the more Mildert will give to you. Treat everyone as a potential friend and you won’t go far wrong.

Working together, we will all achieve so much in the year to come, I know it!

Until October,

Simon x

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Online Fresher's Pack

You will find full details of what things you need to do to prior to coming to University, including forms you need to complete and return by post, licence agreement to sign, and important information you need to know about the University and the College by accessing the Online Fresher's Pack.

Please read everything carefully as there is a lot of important information that you need to know before you come to Durham.

Contact Details

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Van Mildert College.

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact:

Student Support Administrator: Mrs Jillian Turnbull (0191 334 7154)

Meet the Student Support Team

"We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Van Mildert College. Our role within the College is to support you during your time at Durham, to help you to make the most of all the opportunities that are available to you, and to help you to achieve your full potential. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any queries".

Van Mildert College Student Support Team