How we can help

Everyone in Oxford has moments when things get tough, whether it’s related to work, friends, homesickness or anything else. The ISoc runs a welfare scheme to ease these problems.

Our designated Welfare Officers can offer a helping hand with any problems you might face. We aim to match all freshers with a designated Mentor, an elder student who studies a similar subject to them who can help ease them into the fast pace of Oxford.

As well as this, the ISoc functions like a huge family and everyone looks out for each other, so there is always someone willing to look out for you.


Meet our Welfare Officers

Our designated Welfare Officers can offer a helping hand with any problems you might face. You can also talk to someone in your college.


Nafisa Sharder
2nd Year | Biology | Jesus College nafisa.sharder.jesus.ox.ac.uk

Assalamualaikum, my name is Nafisa Sharder and I’m a first year studying biology at Jesus College. My role is the Sister’s Welfare and Social Officer so I’ll be responsible for organising the girls’ social events as well as helping you to maintain a steady mental and physical wellbeing! InshaAllah, we can all have an amazing time together and create a great community of Muslimahs!


Saimur Rahman
2nd Year | Physics | New College

السلام عليكمI’m Saim, your Welfare and Socials Officer this year. ‎إن شاء اللهI will do my best to provide you with the most entertaining events you have ever been to and be a person of support, who you can come to if you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just would like someone to talk to.This community has honestly been the best thing about joining Oxford, and I hope to provide you all with the warm hospitality that I was met with in my first year, ‎إن شاء الله.


Nabeeha Toufiq

Msc | Global Health and Epidemiology | Green Templeton College


My name is Nabeeha, and I’m the Graduate Welfare & Social Officer. My role is to look after the Graduate community and plan some exciting events this year.

I'm currently studying a Master's in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at Green Templeton College- I’m also a medical student at King’s College London so I have lots of uni experience under my belt!

I'm looking forward to working OUISoc and all the events that will be taking place in the coming year, insha'Allah. Feel free to contact me about anything and I will try my best to help as much as I can

University Counselling Service

The University also offers an excellent counselling service for students and staff.

Mission statement:The Counselling Service is here to help you gain understanding and insight into any difficulties you may be experiencing, to develop emotional resilience and put into effect real change, enabling you to fulfil your academic and personal potential. The Service offers free and confidential support, but it is not an emergency service.”


Student-Led Support

There are a range of student-led services available to provide support for academic and personal worries and that allow you to discuss any problems you have in confidence. Your can also talk to your college’s own Welfare Reps (part of its JCR).