Inspire Critical Thinking

Registration for Inspire Critical Thinking 2022/23 is now closed.

We are currently in the process of checking all registrations, and we will email you in the next couple of weeks with information about how to access the Inspire Critical Thinking 2022/23 workshops.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Inspire Critical Thinking?

Inspire Critical Thinking is a free online programme for pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 who attend a non-selective state school in the UK run collaboratively between St John’s College and Somerville College at the University of Oxford. Each year, Inspire Critical Thinking explores a new theme through four online workshops, each of which contains articles, videos, interviews and more from University of Oxford academics and students! You’ll also have the chance to submit to our competitions for the chance to win prizes, attend our Virtual Summer School, and apply for our Residential Summer School here at St John’s.

Who can take part in Inspire Critical Thinking?

Inspire Critical Thinking is open to all pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 at non-selective UK state schools! You do not need particular grades or be taking particular GCSE subjects to take part.

How do I register for Inspire Critical Thinking?

Registration to take part in Inspire Critical Thinking for the 2022/23 academic year will open in October 2022. The first class will then be released in January 2023. You can register by filling out the forms at the top of this page.

If you are an Inspire Scholar on our Inspire Scholars Programme for Years 9, 10 & 11 you are automatically registered for Inspire Critical Thinking, and do not need to register again.

Can I access previous years’ Inspire Critical Thinking Classes?

Yes, you can, however the competitions will no longer be live. Follow this link to access the previous years’ Inspire Critical Thinking classes.

Inspire Critical Thinking Virtual and Residential Summer Schools

The Inspire Critical Thinking Virtual Summer School is an opportunity for participants on the course to continue their participation through virtual lectures and workshops, videos and all-new interactive activities. The Virtual Summer School is entirely free to participate in for all participants on the programme.

In addition, the Inspire Critical Thinking Residential Summer School is an exciting opportunity for Year 11 pupils on the course to visit St John’s College, Oxford to experience life as an undergraduate student. You will attend lectures and workshops led by current university researchers, meet Oxford undergraduates and participate in fun trips around Oxford!

Inspire Travel & Digital Assistance Awards

The programme is free of charge to all registered participants. We can also cover costs of travel to the summer school for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are in care. Additionally, students who may have limited access to digital resources will be eligible to apply for Inspire digital assistance support grants.


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