Welcome to Open Spires

OpenSpires makes Oxford podcasts available as Open Content Resources (OER); content that is available for reuse and redistribution by third parties globally, provided that it is used in a non-commercial way and is attributed to its creator.

OpenSpires: Inspirational Open Content from Oxford University is a project led by the Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, University of Oxford.

Our podcasts cover a wide range of areas:

(click on a subject to link to an example podcast)

To see all our podcasts, visit:

For more information about the project, visit the About page and the project blog.

Advocacy for OpenSpires

"In the late-19th century Oxford was one of the pioneers of the university extension movement, which enabled audiences around the UK to hear what some of its lecturers had to say on a wide range of topics. The OpenSpires project is the 21st-century equivalent, though, with the benefit of the web, the audiences are now global and we hope even more diverse. It is a pleasure to contribute to this important venture, which is opening up Oxford like never before."
Peter D. McDonald, St Hugh's College, Oxford
iTunesU link

"Building on from Oxford's successful iTunes/podcast series, OpenSpires aims to make the work of the university available online, a worthwhile endeavour to disseminate educational content to a wider audience. I am pleased to take part, including via 'The Credit Crunch and Global Recession' series that features topical analysis of the issues debated during this global recession and recovery."
Linda Y. Yueh, College Fellow & Tutor in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford
iTunesU link

"OpenSpires is communicating the best of Oxford's scholarship by making audio and video material freely available for global educational use. I'm delighted to support - and to be contributing to - the project, which shares educational resources for the benefit of students around the World."
Professor Jonathan Michie, Director of Continuing Education and President of Kellogg College, Oxford
iTunesU link

"The world of learning need not be a possessive one."
Professor Oliver Taplin, Faculty of Classics, Oxford