About The Inspire Programme for Years 12 & 13

About Inspire 12 & 13

Inspire 12 & 13 is delivered primarily online and encourages pupils to stretch themselves academically, as well as supporting them to make competitive applications to top universities like Oxford. The programme offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • Explore their academic interests through taster lectures with top academics
  • Strengthen their university application
  • Receive advice and super-curricular opportunities
  • Build confidence in their academic abilities
  • Develop their skills to make a successful transition to university life

At the core of the programme are online Twilight Sessions which include a choice of pre-recorded academic taster lectures and interactive skills sessions on topics such as personal statements and managing your money at university. Pupils are provided with a choice of academic sessions in a range of subjects each month, allowing them to craft a bespoke programme of academic extension materials focused around their interests.

All pupils on Inspire 12 & 13 are also invited to attend a virtual summer school, which offers academic lectures, skills sessions and careers advice.


In addition, Inspire 12 & 13 pupils will also be invited to apply for competitive spaces to the following events which run independently of Inspire 12 & 13, including:


Frequently Asked Questions:

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Am I eligible for Inspire 12 & 13?

Inspire 12 & 13 is open to pupils currently in Year 12 attending non-selective state schools in the St John’s College link regions: Brighton & Hove, Ealing, East Sussex, Harrow, Southampton, West Sussex, as well as areas in the Oxford for South East group (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Surrey).

The 2022-23 Inspire 12 &13 programme is also open to pupils currently in Year 12 attending non-selective state schools in Somerville College’s link regions: Buckinghamshire, Kingston-upon-Thames, Hounslow, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the Forest of Dean.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Applications for the 2022-2023 cycle will go live in December 2022.

If you have any questions about the programme, you are welcome to email us at inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk


Inspire Travel & Digital Assistance Awards

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Inspire Travel Awards

If you are travelling to one of our events in College we may be able to help with a contribution towards your travel expenses. The support available for travel will depend on the distance travelled, based on the shortest route between your home postcode and St John’s College.

Click Here to Apply for an Inspire Travel Grant

Inspire Digital Assistance Awards

If you are attending a virtual College event from your home working space, we may be able to help by providing item(s) to support effective digital working. There are a range of digital support items available, and the item(s) you receive will depend on your personal requirements to work effectively from home.

Click Here to Apply for an Inspire Digital Assistance Award