Category Archives: Universities

Discover Islam Weeks 2016

diw main pic

The Discover Islam Weeks are an annual occurance at university campuses accross the UK. In the North East IDC support Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities Islamic Societies (ISOC).

This year in February, our Islamic Awareness trainer held 3 training sessions in Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland prior to the weeks taking place. The training helped volunteers brush up on their Islamic Awareness skills and would allow them to better converse with visitors.

Once the best practices were put in place, the Islamic Societies held week long Discover Islam Weeks. The IDC Islamic Awareness Team were requested by the Islamic Societies to come and support.

This year was the first time Durham ISOC held their Discover Islam week outside the Bill Bryson Library. IDC supported them at their stall, a school mosque visit and also delivered 3 talks to non muslims.

Our team was also at Newcastle ISOC’s Discover Islam Week tent, at Sunderland ISOC’s stall at City Space and at Northumbria ISOC’s tent outside their Students Union.

This year was a great year for Discover Islam Week as there were many interesting conversations and 2 people accepted Islam!

Discover Islam Weeks 2015

After helping Islamic societies across the North East get ready for their Discover Islam Weeks through our workshops, IDC volunteers also attended the Weeks too.

Experienced IDC volunteers were on hand to support ISoc volunteers on their stalls and marques.

Conversing with the public, opening dialogues about Islam and Muslims, sharing experiences and their journeys to Islam, the weeks have been a great success.

The Discover Islam Weeks have proved once again to be a great opportunity to raise Islamic Awareness, myth bust and clear misconceptions with the public.

dur isoc mar15

Durham University Discover Islam Week, 09-13/03/2015.

sund isoc mar 15

Sunderland University Discover Islam Week, 02-06/03/2015.

ncl isoc mar 15

Newcastle University Discover Islam Week, 02-06/03/2015.

University Discover Islam Weeks 2014

Earlier in the year, to support our university Islamic Societies in the region, we send our volunteers to their Discover Islam weeks.

Instead of holding big lectures, both the societies and IDC collaborate to hold islamic awareness stalls and marquees in and around the university campuses. This has proved to be a brilliant way to engage with students and the public. The Islamic awareness skills picked up from the training courses come in to great use here as the volunteers get a chance to remove misconceptions, challenge Stereotypes and present a correct understanding of Islam.

This year we participated at 3 Discover Islam weeks and engage with 950 people.

north diw 14

Northumbria University Islamic Society, Newcastle, 17-21/03/14.

newc diw 2014

Newcastle University Islamic Society, 10-14/03/14.

sund diw 14

Sunderland University Islamic Society, 04-06/03/14.

University Freshers Fayres 2014

IDC has a long running partnership with universities in the North East. After training up islamic society volunteers to become Islamic Awareness Facilitators,we dont just leave them to go it alone, we help and support their efforts at various events through the year. The first of which is usually the Freshers Fayres.

This year IDC was at Newcastle University, Northumbria university (city and coach lane campus) and at Sunderland University. Over the 5 days our volunteers engaged with 350 people at the Freshers Fayres.


sun isoc freshers sep 14

Sunderland University Freshers Fayre, 24/09/2014. Attendees: 50.

Another Busy week IDC North East. As always in september, you can find IDC Volunteers at freshers fairs across the North East.

This time it was across the Tyne and over to the wear as our volunteers; Mirium Zamir, Daniel Johnson and Richard Coupland were on hand at Sunderland Islamic Societies Freshers stall.

Cupcakes, Samosas and some informative Islamic literature were given out to people who visited their stall.

newc isoc fresh sept 14

Newcastle University Freshers Fayre22-23/09/2014. Attendees: 100

As always IDC North East are a prominent figure at Freshers Fairs across universities in the North East.

So when we were invited to take part and help Newcastle Islamic Society at their freshers stall, we glad to send our volunteers Richard Coupland and Daniel Johnson to help out.

Our Volunteers took opportunities to sign people up to the Islamic society and more importantly share the message of Islam.


north coach ln fr fa

Northumbria University Freshers Fayre Coach Lane Campus, 24/09/2014.

northumbria isoc freshers sept 14

Northumbria University Freshers Fayre City Campus , 17-18/09/2014. Attendees: 200

IDC Northeast were once again invited to take part in freshers week with Northumbria University Islamic Society. Following years of collaboration, IDC sent down a team to converse about Islam with attendees, sign them up to the Islamic Society and hand out samosas.

This year was a bit different not only because of Northumbria ISOC’s new bright yellow T shirts but also IDC were given the chance to partake in the freshers stall at Northumbria University’s Coach lane campus as well.