Oxplore, Podcasts & Tour


Welcome to Oxplore!

Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Click these links to start exploring some Big Questions…

Are humans more important than other animals?
Could we live on another planet?
Should we put our ocean first?


Looking for a new podcast to get stuck into?

The University of Oxford provides a huge variety of podcasts on every topic imaginable, from cutting-edge scientific research to exciting events happening now at the university. You can find these on the University website or on Apple Podcasts. Here are a few of our favourites looking at the themes of this month’s class!

New Year, New Me
The Canary in the Coal Mine: could seabirds be the warning signs for our oceans?
Becoming a field conservationist with Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh
Core Course: Modernism and Mass Culture

BBC Sounds is also a great source of podcasts – here are some you might like to check out.

Great Lives, Konnie Huq on Ada Lovelace
In Our Time, Cultural Imperialism

Box: Could you write an article for the FT?

The Financial Times is running a competition to find their ‘young financial journalist of the year’, and the themes of this year’s competition are all about new technology and the future – touching on some of the topics that we’re exploring in the Inspire Programme! Why don’t you have a go at writing an article?

There are separate categories for 14-15 year olds, and 16-17 year olds, with a choice of two essay titles for each category.

For more information about how to enter, visit the FT website here!

Explore St John’s

Want to know more about St John’s College? Join the college mascot Agnes the Lamb on a virtual tour of St John’s, to learn more about us, and discover the following:

  • Why the college library has a cannon ball from 1644 in its collection
  • Which part of the college is haunted by the ghost of a barmaid
  • Which king allegedly fell asleep and tumbled into the fireplace in the College hall
  • And much more!

Link: https://view.genial.ly/5ed90e36e2f52d0da225b2d9