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Durham University

Van Mildert College

 Van Mildert College  :   Van Mildert College Trust

Our aim is to promote the academic, cultural, social and material welfare of Van Mildert College.

Van Mildert College Trust is relatively young but has already made its mark on the academic, cultural and sporting life of the College. The Trust was set up to support excellence in all areas of College life with a particular focus on promoting the energy and talent of our students. A number of milestones have already been achieved, not least, the provision of three postgraduate scholarships in the last three years. Applications were welcomed for research in all disciplines. Indeed, the most outstanding applicants who were subsequently offered the scholarships each came from a different one of the university's three Faculties.

In 2015, the College will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Ahead of our 2015 landmark celebrations we are building an impressive wish list of projects. Top of the list is the development of a Postgraduate Centre and a hub for research in Climate Change and Impact. This will have a significant influence on the scholarly environment in College and will enhance our range of scholarships and bursaries. There are also some exciting possibilities to tackle the acoustics in the Ann Dobson Hall and set in motion a range of sustainable energy projects including air and ground source heat pumps and solar panels, enhancement of the estate through minor forestation, the creation of a living edge around the Lake and the development of the Lake as a recreational and scientific resource.

By way of kick-starting our build-up to 2015, we have the opportunity to provide support for the completion of an important refurbishment of the College's computer room, providing for the installation of a suite of new computers and printers plus a scanner. This stands to enhance significantly and immediately one of our most-used facilities. With your support we should be able to finish the job!

Prof. David Harper

Principal, on behalf of the Board of Trustees

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