About

The ISIS is the longest-running independent student magazine in the UK. It has been through a lot since being established at Oxford University in 1892. Bailed out by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Nigella Lawson at various points in its history, The ISIS has survived against all odds.

We have been banned in Germany, threatened by blackmail, and mocked by Punch Magazine. Along the way our reporters have been prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act, hosted by Wikileaks, and forced to walk out over threats of editorial censorship during The ISIS’s radical left-wing heyday.

On this journey, our ranks have included the likes of Evelyn Waugh, Sylvia Plath, Terry Jones, Graham Greene, Michael Foot, Richard Ingrams, Hilaire Belloc, and of course Mostyn Turtle Piggott, our delightfully eccentric founder.

Now, we run events, a website packed with regularly updated content, and once a term our print issue finds its way into Oxford accompanied by a digital version exclusively posted on our website. There you’ll find the best of student journalism and design, carefully assembled by the ISIS team.

We have been shortlisted for several awards, including Best Website, Guardian Student Media Awards 2015, and Best Magazine Design and Best Specialist Publication, SPA Awards 2017.

The current editors are Joe Higton and Tobi Thomas. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter @the_isis, and Instagram @theisismagazine. If you’re interested in advertising in our magazine or online, joining our mailing list, pitching articles, fiction or visuals, or anything else, get in touch with us at editor@isismagazine.org.uk (please note you can only pitch if you have a connection to the University of Oxford).

The ISIS staff, Hilary Term 2018

Editors: Joe Higton (St Hugh’s College) and Tobi Thomas (Trinity College).

Deputy Editors: Megan Black, Emily Lawford, Katie Meynell, Suzy Vanezis.

Blog and Website Director: Lev Crofts.

Non-Fiction Directors: Jaleh Brazell and Amadeus Harte.

Non-Fiction Team: Holly Beddingfield, El Blackwood, Tilda Coleman, Melissa Hinkley, Lucinda Kirk, John Livesey, Michael O’Connor, Karishma Paun, Connie Simms, and Priya Vempali.

Fiction Directors: Tilly Alexander and Alex Matraxia.

Fiction Team: Kiran Armanasco, Christian Carlson, Patrick Naylor, Shannon Osaka, Lauren Sneade, Maddison Sumner, and Anastasia Tkach.

Creative Directors:Alex Christian and Jiaqi Kang.

Creative Team: Sanaa Asim, Niamh Calway, Isabelle Davies, Molly Foulkes, Sholto Gillie, Georgia Heneage, Nick Kelly, and Georgiana Wilson.

Creative Events Directors: Melissa Hinkley and Silvia Mills.

Creative Events Team: Zain Baweja, Leela Jadhav, Hajar Meddah, and Shamika Tamhane.

Club Events Directors: Joe Baverstock-Poppy and Will Donlan.

Club Events Team: Nick Kelly, Geordie MacDonald, Lauren Sneade and Darius Parvizi-Wayne.

Broadcasting Director: Maddie Parr.

Broadcasting Team: Olaide Adejobi, Annoushka Clear, Sholto Gillie, Hugo Jacquemin, Leela Jadhav, Jonathan Lau, Darius Parvizi-Wayne, Amy Ryder and Minh Tran.

Business and Marketing Directors: Lucie Davidson and Claire Soh.

Business and Marketing Team: Georgia Edgley, Iman Jamil, Thomas Kirkby, Indie Pinhorn, and Hannah Smyk.

Social Media Manager: Mouki Kambouroglou.

Social Media Team: Hajar Meddah, Georgina Quach and Claire Soh.

Blog Editors: Eva Newton, Sam Rice, Abby Ridsill-Smith, and Lydia Stephens.

Columnists: Will Baker, Leela Jadhav, Elise O’Brien, and Shamika Tamhane.