The University of Oxford runs a large number of widening participation, widening access and student recruitment events each year, across the UK and internationally. These events are coordinated by colleges, departments, museums, the student union and a central Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team.

Access & Outreach Term Card

To view the current Access & Outreach Term Card, with opportunities from St John’s and from across the University of Oxford, please click here.

Link colleges

To ensure it is as easy as possible for schools and colleges to engage with the University, each Oxford college is now linked with a number of local authorities across the UK. For more information about link colleges please click here.

Events for pupils and teachers

The University of Oxford has an online diary of Outreach Events for pupils and teachers here. It includes events in Oxford, around the UK and in other parts of the world. You may like to bookmark this page and check it regularly for events of interest.

Open Days

St John's participates in all three of the University's main open days, in June and September. This is a great time to visit Oxford as all the colleges are open and the vast majority of the departments also welcome visitors. You will have the chance to ask in-depth questions of the academics who design and deliver the courses, as well as being able to meet current students. St John's is able to offer overnight accommodation to individuals and school groups travelling more than 70 miles for the Open Days and lunch for pre-booked visitors.

The next open days will be in 2022.

For more information see our Open Days page and the Oxford University Open Days pages.

UNIQ Summer School

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St John's College hosts and supports the UNIQ Summer School. UNIQ is a programme of free summer schools at Oxford University for Year 12 pupils based at UK state schools/colleges. UNIQ is the University of Oxford's only official summer school programme for pupils studying in their first year of further education.

To find out more about UNIQ please visit their website.


Oxplore is an innovative new 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 school classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to raise aspirations, promote broad thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.

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St John's College is a supporter of the Oxford Pathways programme, an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust. 

The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able pupils and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of pupil progression to Oxford. All events are run in Oxford, and are free to attend. 

To find out more about Oxford Pathways please visit their website