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Free online events

Oxplore frequently runs interactive live stream events! Information about our next event will be detailed here as soon as it is available. 

Oxplore's most recent interactive online event for schools took place on Tuesday 15 May. We discussed the Big Question ‘Could we live on another planet?’ with specialists from across the University of Oxford. You can watch this Live Stream again here!

You can also catch up with our past live events: Would it be better if we all spoke the same language?Can money buy happiness? and Would you want to live forever?

Big Question Essay CompetitionBig Question Competition for Welsh students

Put on your thinking caps for the Big Question Essay Competition!

Jesus College at the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Seren Network and Oxplore, is running an essay competition. We want to know what you really think about some tricky – and BIG – questions. To enter, you must be in years 8–11, and attending a Welsh school. (We’ll have more competitions soon for everyone else – don’t worry!)

Essays should answer one of the questions below, and be no more than 750 words:

  • Is it OK to ban certain books?
  • Should footballers earn more than nurses?
  • Do video games cause violence?
  • Should under 18s be allowed to vote?
  • Can money buy happiness?
  • How do you expect artificial intelligence to change your life?

First prize is £300 in book tokens, split between you and your school. The winner will also be invited for an all-expenses-paid trip to stay in Oxford with a family member. Second prize is £200 in book tokens, split between you and your school.

Please submit your entries by email to matthew.williams@jesus.ox.ac.uk. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018. If you have any questions about the competition, contact matthew.williams@jesus.ox.ac.uk. 

Hot off the Big Question press

Our newest Big Questions are:

We're working on these right now:

  • Do we need a royal family?

Don’t forget, you can submit your own Big Questions too!

We have lift off!

Oxplore was officially launched by the University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor (Professor Louise Richardson) on 20 September 2017. As part of our launch we visited schools across the country as well as hosting a day of activities in Oxford for some of the schools who helped us design and build Oxplore over the last year. The day included workshops on the Big Question 'Would you want to live forever?' and young people had their say by voting live.

Oxplore Launch event in Oxford

Oxplore's launch event at Pembroke College, Oxford. Photos by John Cairns.