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

Van Mildert College Trust was established in 2007 with the aim of supporting excellence in all areas of College life, with a particular focus on promoting the energy and talent of our students.

The Trust has four key themes: enhancing research, promoting learning, facilitating career building and enabling cultural enrichment.

Since its commencement, the Trust has developed a number of key initiatives, including our Internship Support Bursaries and the Conference Attendance Fund, as well as supporting individual projects, such as the restoration of the Bechstein piano and development of a Postgraduate Research Centre.

In the College's Golden Jubilee year, the Trust developed an Anniversary Garden, as a space for relaxation and contemplation within the College estate.  The Garden continues to flourish, with the flowering trees and shrubs providing a colourful retreat for all to enjoy.

In addition to this exciting project, the Trust has also been able to support talented students, particularly postgraduates, through a series of funding packages.  In 2016, we were delighted to announce the awards for the fifth and sixth Van Mildert College Trust PhD Scholarships through an integrated and comprehensive approach with the wider University.  The scholarships provide funding for a three year period and cover tuition fees, accommodation costs, living expenses and some research costs.

The Trust continues to offer a number of smaller research grants and bursaries to members of the JCR and MCR, supporting personal and skills development.

We also continue to support the College's programme of academic initiatives through the Van Mildert College Trust Annual Lecture.  In 2017, we were delighted to welcome Mr Kumar Iyer to deliver the Trust Annual Lecture.

To support the work of the Van Mildert College Trust, please visit our online donation pages.


Van Mildert College
Durham University
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