The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. We do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.

We run two programmes to address our mission. The Scholars Programme employs doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a part-time basis to deliver programmes of academic enrichment based around their own research to small groups of pupils. Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, we support pupils aged 10-18 to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

Researchers in Schools offers a bespoke route for PhD graduates to enter the teaching profession as full-time classroom teachers. Working in partnership with other providers, we offer a programme of initial teacher training and ongoing professional development that equips participants to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

We also regularly host placement students to support our STEM provision and provide work experience to apply STEM research in a professional environment, supporting uptake of STEM subjects by the next generation.

Research Areas / Subjects of Interest:

While we support research students from across disciplines we are always looking for STEM researchers to support the delivery of STEM courses and content to further support our mission. You can support by becoming a Scholars Programme tutor (visit our website for more details) or getting in touch with us to enquire about a placement.


Please contact Steph Hamilton for more information.

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