The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award winning non-profit organisation that exists to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from non-selective state schools. Our primary activity is to recruit, train and place doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in non-selective state schools and sixth form colleges serving low participation communities to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of outstanding pupils, which develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that help those pupils to secure places at top universities.

Working together with schools, colleges and universities, we are building a national movement that mobilises doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to engage with challenging schools and to address educational disadvantage more broadly. Our doctoral and postdoctoral researchers are placed in schools to deliver programmes from Year 6 through to Year 12. We are currently working with over 180 schools and colleges in London and the South East, the Midlands, the North East, North West, South West, East of England and South Coast regions. Last year we placed nearly 500 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to work with 7000 pupils.

The UK education system faces a range of inter-related challenges: students from non-selective state schools are under-represented at top universities; schools are increasingly accountable for progression to higher education; there is a shortage of high quality development opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers; and universities are committed to recruiting more pupils from low-participation backgrounds.

Research Areas / Subjects of Interest:

Researcher Development, Public Engagement, Teaching, Widening Participation, Fair Access.

We recruit doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and in all research areas.


Please contact Dr Mary Henes for more information.

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