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Van Mildert College

Induction Information for Undergraduate Students Commencing Their Studies in October 2017

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

Firstly, a huge congratulations! You are now part of Durham University and Van Mildert College. All the hard work and exam revision has paid off, and you have now joined a unique community of passionate and dedicated students and staff, who are all proud to be a part of this diverse college!

As a Mildertian, and a member of the Junior Common Room (JCR), you will be provided with many different opportunities to enhance your university experience, I urge you to get involved and try something new! The JCR is not only a room within college, but it incorporates all of the sports, societies and committees here at Mildert. We have over 62 clubs to get involved in, so come in October with an open mind and enthusiasm to potentially find a new opportunity to get involved in! Societies are open to anyone, and our sports teams welcome any ability, so there really is something for everyone! We also have 6 fantastic Outreach projects that you can get involved in, ranging from working with children with disabilities, being a teaching assistant in a primary school, to visiting the elderly.

As your JCR President, I was elected to work full time to help run the JCR, working with staff and students to enhance student experience in any way I can. My office door is always open for if you want to have a chat about pretty much anything! I will also be having dedicated office hours this year to listen to any concerns or ideas about the JCR, so do come by if you want to have a chat! I am employed by you to help enhance your student experience and help in any way I can do ensure the smooth running of college and the development of the students in it.

College is a unique entity. It is entirely different from simple halls of residence. We hope that you will take pride in Mildert and what is has to offer. It is a place offering varying opportunities, friends for life, and memories that will stick with you forever.

I can’t wait to meet you all in October, and hope you are excited for the weeks and years ahead!

Sophie 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