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About us

Oxford Sparks is the place to explore and discover science research from the University of Oxford.


Here at the University of Oxford there is a huge amount of fascinating and important research going on. Oxford Sparks aims to share our amazing science with everyone, support teachers to enrich their science lessons and support our researchers to get their stories out there.

Engaging science from across the University

Oxford Sparks brings together resources and information from across the University so you can explore and discover our research. We have over 400 examples of ways you can access and get involved with our research, which have been specifically designed to be accessible and engaging. You can also find events taking place across Oxfordshire and find out about what researchers do in the 'Meet the Scientists' section.

And if you're interested in specific topics, you can browse all the resources we have by choosing topics found in the 'Discover' section, and at the bottom of media items.

Direct from researchers to you

We also produce our own videos and podcasts that showcase cutting edge and exciting research taking place at the University by working with the researchers themselves. If you have questions don't forget to leave a comment!

Bringing real world science into the classroom

Each video we create is accompanied by a set of high-quality, teacher-approved teaching resources that provides different angles to teach the topic, for secondary school students. We work with an experienced teacher to create them. Our Teachers’ Panel, featuring six active science teachers covering all subjects, then road-test and comment on the resources.

Behind the scenes support for researchers

We support our researchers to share their stories by providing information, training and mentoring about what public engagement is and how to do it.

Est. 2011

The project was created in 2011 by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division in partnership with the Medical Sciences Division (MSD) and Continuing Education.

We’d love to hear from you

Have a burning question? Something you’d like to hear about or see on our website?  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any comments and questions.