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Durham University

Van Mildert College

Information for New Undergraduate Students

Welcome from the JCR President

Let me first say – bravo! Everybody’s going to say ‘well done’ but honestly, what you’ve achieved isn’t remotely easy (even if you think it is) and getting into Durham is something you should be immensely proud of. My view is that we’re lucky to have you, and so allow me to say three words which make me supremely excited: Welcome to Mildert!

Now, I know that every university tries to convince you they are unique, but here we genuinely do things differently. If you’re reading this then you are about to become part of the brilliant, bizarre, and impassioned community of students and staff from around the world that is Van Mildert College.

With a host of inexplicable traditions and our own troop of mallards, moorhens, and even swans around the lake, plus seventy or so societies, sports teams, committees, and outreach projects, this is one seriously imaginative, welcoming, diverse, and peculiar place.

All of this comes within the Junior Common Room, or the JCR for short, of which you are now a member. It is an historic organisation run by and for students with the aid of wonderfully committed college staff, comprising around 1,500 undergrads. Every college has its own JCR, and they form the beating heart of this university. You’re about to become part of something truly unique, and if I could follow up that statement with a load of praying emojis and duck emojis then I would.

Anyway, my name is Sheehan Quirke (alternatively Disco Dave…) I’m the JCR President at Mildert, elected in February, and I’ve just taken over after graduating from the Law School. It will be the greatest privilege of my life to welcome you into this college, so speak soon and enjoy the glorious summer weather!

Peace & love to the world,
Sheehan ”
Sheehan Quirke, JCR President

What happens now?

Information packs have been sent via post to all students with a confirmed place at Durham University and Van Mildert College and we anticipate these arriving with you by Friday 23rd August 2019. The pack contains important information for you to read before you join us in September. There is also a link in the letter directing you to on-line forms we require you to complete, along with information relating to medical registration to your chosen medical practice.

Following 23rd August, if you have not yet received an information pack in the post or would like to receive an electronic copy, please do get in touch via

This page will be updated weekly as we approach Induction Week with additional information. As such, please do return to this site in due course. You can also find out more about the events that we have planned for you during Induction Week by making us of the online Induction Week Planner.

Check List

Please ensure you have completed everything which is mentioned in the Check List below.

Task Where? TICK
Student Registration/Verification Confirmation of your status as a student of the University. Further information is available from the related 'Task' link.
Consent Matters (Compulsory) Online course, available on DUO.
Undergraduate Information Form Further information and form are available from the related 'Task' link.
Medical Registration Further information and forms are available from the related 'Task' link.
Matriculation Photograph Further information is available from the related 'Task' link.
Passport Photograph (for Residents in College ONLY) (Size: 2in x 2in) Required for your meal fob if living in College during 2019-20. SEND TO COLLEGE BY MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2019, ensuring you write your FULL LEGAL NAME on the back of your photograph.
Common Room Membership Further information and form are available from your Welcome Pack
Read the College Handbook (Compulsory) Available from the related 'Task' link.

Should you have any queries please contact

More Information

Student registration

Prior to your arrival in Durham, you need to complete Student Registration. Further details are available on the Student Registration webpage.

Your first week in Durham

For information about your first week in Durham (induction week) and arrival dates, see Your First Week in Durham.

Medical registration forms

You should receive an information pack in the post with a confirmed place at Durham University and Van Mildert College by Friday 23rd August 2019. Included in the pack is information on how to register with your chosen medical practice. More information is available on the Medical Registration Forms webpage.

Supporting letters

If you require a supporting letter, e.g. to open a student bank account or to verify your student status, see Request a Supporting Letter. Many of these letters can be automatically generated for you on request.

Fees and finance

Details about college accommodation costs, university tuition fees and university funding can be found on the Fees and Finance webpage.

Further information

Welcome information from the Police University Liaison Officer and the University's Head of Sport and Physical Activity should be read by all students and are available at the Further Information webpage.