How does it work?

Step 1 - Create an account
You will need to register with Dunelm in order to sign up to the Mildert Link. You can do so at the top of this page. To activate your Mildert Link account you can sign up here. Please note that it may take a few days to activate your Dunelm account before you can sign up to the Mildert Link.

Step 2 - Search for Mildert Connections
Use the Search Mentors tool to find a contact who may be able to offer you a voice of experience.  You can search the database by query type, subject of study, industry or profession.  The database can be accessed here.

Step 3 - Make contact
View the profile of your Mildert Connection and, if you would like to, send them a message using the online system.  Please use this system for all of your communications.

Step 4 - Communication
You will receive an email to your registered address once the Mildert Connection has responded to your message.  Once you have received the information that you have sought, you can close the relationship under 'My Contacts'.


Please see the following guidance about use of The Mildert Link:

1. You are a representative of the College and the University to our alumni. 
2. Contacts should be treated with respect and courtesy - Mildert Connections take part in this scheme voluntarily.
3. Please allow your Mildert Connection time to respond to your message - you cannot expect an instant response to your enquiry.
4. If you do not receive a response within two weeks or if problems develop within a particular relationship, please contact the Development Officer at
5. By using this service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Mildert Link?
The Mildert Link represents an important aspect of the College's commitment to ensuring that our graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful in their chosen career path.  The new online platform has been developed to allow students to connect with alumni (Mildert Connections) who can offer them voices of experience of particular careers.

How can I sign up?

To use The Mildert Link, you will need to register for a Dunelm account, which can be done here.  Please note that it may take up to two working days to verify and process your request.

Is there a limit to the number of conversations I can have?
You can have five concurrent conversations with alumni.  Once you have made contact with five alumni, you will not be able to contact other alumni until you have closed an active conversation.  You can view your contacts here.

Can I ask for work experience?
The Mildert Link is designed to hear from voices of experience.  You should not seek employment or work experience through this system.

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Durham University
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