AN OXFORD student who died in her halls of residence last month has been described as 'an exemplary student and a great friend.'

Isobel 'Issie' Mogg, 19, died unexpectedly on January 26 just months after starting a medicine course at New College.

Announcing the death, which is being treated as 'unexplained but not suspicious', the college said in a statement: "We are shocked and stricken by this loss.

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to Issie's family, and to all who knew her.

"The College has come together to help her many friends here cope with their grief.

"Issie was a giver. She contributed so much in her brief time here, and we are conscious that we have lost someone very special.

Junior Common Room president Conleth Burns said that the student was 'the very best of New College'.

He added that she was: "A medic, a rower, a netballer and above all else a friend to so many in our College community.

"Issie brought people together with her laugh, her smile and her love for those around her. Issie touched so many hearts at New College; those hearts are sore at her passing."

Ms Mogg, originally from Wales, achieved four A* grades in her A-Levels and was a keen sportswoman, representing East Wales in track and cross country running events.  

The headteacher of Crickhowell High School Jackie Parker said: "We were very lucky to have Issie as a student at our school and her light will continue to burn brightly in our hearts and in our many lovely memories of her."