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 are so much more than a termly magazine. As well as being Oxford’s leading arts anthology, we run events, competitions for writers and artists, and regularly post new content on our website. Here you’ll find the best of student journalism and design, carefully assembled by our 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 Susie Castledine (Balliol) and Dowon Jung (Oriel). 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 [email protected].
The Isis relies on money raised during term in order to fund our running costs. Without this money, we would not be able to print or run events. If you would like to donate (via PayPal) please use this link and select ‘The Isis Magazine’. Thank you!
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