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The Brilliant Club is a fair access education charity based in the UK.

The Brilliant Club

London, England
The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. It does this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic experience with state schools.

The Brilliant Club

“In the UK today, there is an entrenched link between pupils’ background and their access to higher education. The UCAS Multiple Equality Measure shows that 1 in 4 of the most advantaged quintile of English 18 year olds enter highly-selective universities compared to only 1 in 50 pupils from the most disadvantaged quintile.”

Our Mission
The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. We do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.  

What We Do 
In pursuit of our mission, The Brilliant Club runs two core programmes; The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools. 

The Scholars Programme
The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.  

Researchers in Schools
Researchers in Schools recruits PhD graduates, places them as trainee teachers in schools and supports them to develop as excellent teachers and research leaders committed to closing the gap in attainment and university access. 

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10 - 18
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12 000
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Working as a PhD Tutor - The Brilliant Club
Researchers in Schools: Use your PhD to make a real difference
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Sign up your school for The Scholars Programme
If you would like your school to benefit from The Scholars Programme and a PhD researcher delivering a course based on their own research, it couldn't be easier.
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Become a Scholars Programme Tutor
A placement with The Scholars Programme, through The Brilliant Club, offers doctoral and post-doctoral researchers an opportunity to undertake meaningful, paid work on a part-time basis.
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Train to teach with Researchers in Schools
Researchers in Schools is a unique route into teachers for PhD graduates.
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RIS Participants in Schools
There are many benefits to having a Researchers in Schools participant in your school.
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