Delve deeper with Eleanor...

Expand your mind and satisfy your curiosity with books, articles, podcasts and videos recommended by current Oxford undergraduate students.


Portrait of Eleanor Tovey“I chose to study biomedicine because I wanted to understand how the human body works. I am a curious person; and studying at Oxford has allowed me to view the body as a puzzle, one which we can approach using many different scientific techniques, with the eventual aim of treating diseases”. 
- Eleanor Tovey, Biomedical Sciences

If you want to find out more about controversial literature, Eleanor recommends:

My parents didn’t have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read by Neil Gaiman

In this Guardian article, Neil Gaiman writes about the importance of freedom of speech and how this is threatened by the banning and censorship of controversial books.  

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In this dystopian novel, a future American society has decided to simply burn books rather than allow conflicting opinions. It follows the story of a ‘fireman’, who is asked to burn any books he finds. 

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

Think books aren't banned today? Think again. This video lists the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016, compiled by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).

Enjoyed this Big Question? University study offers the opportunity to ask all your big questions, and develop the skills to find the answers. The university subjects covered in this question include…

English Language and Literature

Study writing from Anglo-Saxon England to literature of the 20th and early 21st centuries from both Britain, and works written in English from all over the world. Find our more on their course page.


Find out about different political, social and economic structures in past societies, interpret and study historical materials, and investigate new questions about the past. Find out more on their course page.


Develop views not simply about what a law is, but also about why it exists, whether it should be in place, and how it could be changed. Find out more on their course page.