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The Brilliant Club Placements

05 Jan 2017

A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2015-2016 we placed almost 400 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 8000 high performing pupils.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

Applications have now opened for the summer term placements and early applications are encouraged.

Find out more

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more:

  • Tuesday, 31 January (1-2pm) in University Place 5.209

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more, please visit our website where you can watch a video including past PhD Tutors:

If you have any queries, please email: