About Oxplore

The Home of Big Questions

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. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.


Our Big Questions reflect the kind of thinking students undertake at universities like Oxford. Everything on Oxplore draws on the University of Oxford’s expertise in everything from archaeology to zoology to offer approaches to challenges and questions underpinned by the latest thinking and research. Sound good? Dive in!

Brought to you by the University of Oxford

Oxplore has been built and created by the University of Oxford for young people as part of our commitment to reaching the best students from every kind of background.

Oxplore is co-ordinated by the University’s Widening Access and Participation team which delivers outreach work with young people all across the UK as part of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach. We launched our beta site in February 2017, and launched fully in September 2017.

If you like Oxplore and thinking for yourself, we’d encourage you to consider applying to study at Oxford. We pick the best and brightest purely on their academic ability and passion for their chosen course.

The voice of our users has always been important to us. So important, in fact, that young people helped us choose pretty much everything you see – from our name and design to the questions you can explore. We did need some computer whizzes to make these ideas happen, but over 220 young people helped make Oxplore what it is today. We hope you like it!

Have your say

Allowing young people the space to have their own say has always been key to Oxplore. You can vote and comment on our Big Questions, participate in one of our free live online events, or join us in conversation on social media! We're on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat and love to chat.

Any questions or want to keep in touch?

As the Home of Big Questions, we invite you to send us Big Questions so we can answer them here! Alternatively, smaller questions can be sent direct to our team at oxplore@admin.ox.ac.uk.

If you want to receive the member exclusive emails we send (including competitions and other good stuff) register with Oxplore. Teachers and other adults can also sign up to receive regular email updates that are a bit less fun (but still interesting).