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Van Mildert College

Student Safety, Development and Wellbeing

At Van Mildert College, the Principal’s Office is located above the College Reception. Along with the Principal, Prof. David Harper, the Principal's Office staff are here to provide students with advice and support for a wide range of issues and are also able to sign-post students to more specialist help. We hope to provide a friendly, informal and informative service. You may consider contacting a member of staff in the Principal's Office about the following (just a few examples!) -

Careers, Employability and Internships - The Mildert Link and The Durham Award are just some of the great opportunities available to support your decision making as you think about future employment. Contact the Deputy Principal who is happy to speak with you.

Personal Development - opportunities for involvment in activities which promote intellectual curiosity, creativity, entrepeneurship, teamwork and leadership are available in abunance at Van Mildert College. Such activities support our community ethos while providing students with skills for the future. In particular, Van Mildert College offers a host of opportunities to engage in community outreach and volunteering. Contact the Deputy Principal.

Research and Academic Initiatives - lectures, seminars and debates take place throughout the year. We welcome student attendance and leadership of these events. The Principal and Deputy Principal are happy to discuss ideas for future events.

Scholarships and Bursaries - we have a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer for current students of Van Mildert College. Contact the Development Officer.

Student Registration - queries about admissions, finance, enrolment, appointment bookings or your student record should be directed to the Student Support Administrator or Principal's EA and Office Manager.

Student Wellbeing - experience tells us that talking things through early can prevent small niggles from becoming much bigger problems. If we can’t help, we probably know someone who can! Contact the Assistant Principal or Student Support Administrator who will be able to point you in the right direction. We run an appointment system (booked via the Student Support Administrator) but students with urgent need are welcome to drop-in at any time during usual office hours, Monday to Friday. More information about the staff you may see in relation to your wellbeing can be found below -


Dr Victoria Brown (Deputy Principal)

Victoria joined Van Mildert as Deputy Principal in August 2014. She is responsible for the oversight of the student support provision at the College but also has responsibilities to other areas such as alumni relations, scholarship, postgraduate student experience and deputising for the Principal as required. Victoria is a graduate of the College and has a PhD in Geography. Before taking up the position of Deputy Principal, Victoria held the role of Postgraduate and Scholarly Experience Officer at Josephine Butler College. However, she is a familiar face to many, having been SCR President in recent years. Victoria also works as a part-time teacher in the Department of Geography and in her spare time is a keen musician and tennis fanatic!


Deborah (Debs) Monk

Debs joined Van Mildert as Assistant Principal (Student Support) in 2014 following a 12 month post at Josephine Butler College as their Assistant Senior Tutor. She also has several years of experience as a College Mentor. In her spare time Debs loves the great outdoors, horses and spending time with her dog, Lincoln, and cat, Tigger!


Jillian Turnbull

Jillian joined the Van Mildert family in 1992 as a member of the housekeeping team. She joined the Principal's Office staff in 2002 as Admissions Secretary; a role that has recently evolved into her current position as Student Support Administrator. Along with the Principal's Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Sharon Swainston, Jillian supports Victoria and Debs in their work with both the undergraduate and postgraduate members of the College and is often the first point of contact for student enquiries (vm.student-support@durham.ac.uk).

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