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Middle Common Room

A group of postgraduate students relaxing in the Middle Common RoomThe MCR at Van Mildert College represents a diverse body of postgraduate students, some of whom are recent graduates of the College and others who are new to Durham as postgraduates. The primary aim of the MCR is to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for postgraduate students within the College.

As a body of around 200 students, the MCR actively takes part in many college events as well as organising our own. Most recently, the MCR has been involved in weekend walks a trip to Roseberry Topping, several Inter-MCR Formals, regular Postgraduate Discussion Forums and numerous meals out in Durham. Aside from this, impromptu trips to the College Bar or to see a film in town make the MCR a lively community!

Whilst it is recognised that members of the MCR often lead hectic schedules unique to postgraduate study, we also believe that our interaction with both the JCR and the SCR is vitally important for our development. JCR Bops and Balls are regularly attended by members of the MCR and Formal Dinners are also a popular event. In addition, there is often a large number of postgraduates attending SCR events.

As with the JCR, some of the MCR live in College and some live out. Those who choose to live in the College live in the Deerness building and this encourages the formation of a strong MCR spirit within the College, which remains even when the JCR leave during vacations.

Whether you are considering joining Van Mildert as a PGCE, Masters or PhD student, the MCR will make sure you receive a very warm Mildert welcome! The MCR Committee and all current students look forward to meeting you.