Paul Kent Initiative Fund for Alumni Events

Paul Kent Initiative Fund for Alumni Events

Following a generous donation from Paul Kent (Master 1972-1983), a new fund has been established to support alumni events at Van Mildert College. The ‘Paul Kent Initiative Fund’ will provide financial support for current and former Mildertians who are looking to run an alumni event (eg drinks, sports match, dinner etc). Support will be given to ensure the event is organised and marketed to all alumni and up to £250 of funding is available.

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Portrait of Paul Kent, painted by Andrew Freeth in 1982. Reproduced with permission from ‘A Place of Water: 50 Years at Van Mildert College’

About Paul Kent (1923-2017): The fund was established in honour of former college Master Dr. Paul Kent with the proceeds from his generous donation to the Van Mildert Alumni Association, which he left in his will. Paul Kent was the second Master of Van Mildert College from 1972 to 1982, overseeing the first fully mixed intake into what had initially been a male college. A keen musician and biochemist, he encouraged a caring collegiate community that prepared the basis for the extensive outreach activity for which the college is now famous. The fund seeks to support initiatives which share these values of creativity, community, engagement and inclusivity. Suggested events which other colleges run successfully include:

  • Sporting events for members of current and previous sport teams
  • Music and artistic events and recitals using alumni members
  • Out-of-term networking events in major cities, eg London
  • Guest lecture and speaker events involving alumni

About the Fund: The Paul Kent Initiative Fund supports events which bring together the different sections of the diverse community at Van Mildert College. It is designed to provide financial support for events which are open to current common room members and the alumni community in order to foster relations, share experiences and facilitate networking. Up to £250 of funding is available for each initiative/event.

Conditions and requirements: All current and former members of any college common room are welcome to apply (eg JCR, MCR, SCR members or alumni). Applications must be submitted to the College Development Officer using the below application form. Please ensure that you submit a fully worked-out proposal, paying particular attention to how you will ensure the event brings together different sections of the community. The event must be open to the whole college community and communicated via relevant channels. Successful applicants will be required to manage the event and write a short article for the alumni newsletter.

Application process: Applications will be reviewed by the Van Mildert Alumni Association committee, who will make the final decisions on funding. It is expected that up to two applications will be successful per academic year, with funding of up to £250 available for each initiative. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Submission details: please request an application form from

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