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Brilliant Club

We partner with the Brilliant Club, a charity that seeks to mobilise the PhD community to engage with state schools and support talented pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities. To do this, they deliver two programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.

The Scholars Programme employs doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a part-time basis to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of pupils. Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, it supports pupils aged 10-18 to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Researchers in Schools Programme 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 on-going professional development that equips participants to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

Find out more about how our researchers work with The Brilliant Club

What is involved?

The Scholars Programme is designed to raise awareness of Higher Education as well as aspiration to attend a highly selective university.

The programme includes three key stages all designed to raise pupils knowledge, skills and confidence:

  • University launch trip - Each programme begins with a launch trip held at a highly selective university, including information, advice and guidance sessions and a campus tour
  • Tutorials - This is then followed by a series of five in-school tutorials that lead to the completion of university-style assignments
  • University graduation event - Pupils that pass the final assignment are invited to attend a graduation event at a highly selective university
Who can participate?

The Brilliant Club work with state schools only.

How to take part

Use the links below to visit each section of the Brilliant Club website that suits your needs. All applications and enquiries should be directed to the Brilliant Club via the webpages below.


The Brilliant Club for schools


The Brilliant Club for pupils


The Brilliant Club for researchers