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11th July - 7th August 2021


According to the current covid-19 roadmap, all UK restrictions on large events such as ours will be lifted in June, making us confident that our 2021 Open Minds course will go ahead as planned.

This is subject to change in accordance with government guidelines. As such, we will be as flexible as possible should your plans change and will be offering full refunds, including the deposit, on any cancellations up until 30 June 2021. We will also do our best to help students to meet any further travel restrictions that may be in place for those travelling from abroad.

Open Minds: Morning

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Open Minds: Morning










Open Minds is a place for students to investigate and interrogate the world around them, participating in a vibrant forum for debate and discussion that prioritizes empathy and understanding.

Our course is built on the philosophy that the ability to question our points of view and engage with those who think differently from us is a vital skill for the twenty-first century, helping us to better understand our own perspectives and develop our critical thinking skills, while encouraging a nuanced and empathetic approach to difficult discussions.

This philosophy underpins everything we do at Open Minds and plays a vital role in our morning programme.    

The morning programme will see students explore thought-provoking topics and work together on a creative project, using current issues as a starting point to better understand why we think the way that we do and how those ideas have shaped the societies we live in, using drama, film-making and other creative exercises to complement their learning.

Students will explore one module over a course of two weeks, the second week of which will be dedicated to the collaborative project that will be undertaken in response to the ideas explored over the course of the module. 

The course will help develop an incredibly wide range of academic skills, which will support students to become independent learners. These include CRITICAL THINKING, RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS and PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

To learn more about the modules for 2021, visit the Open Minds Modules page.

Two former Open Minds' students, Marie Sophie and Louisa, reflect on their experience on the Open Minds course.