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The Brilliant Club

Are you a doctoral or early career researcher, who wants to develop their teaching skills, help a young person realise their academic potential, and get paid to do so? Find out more!

Did you know that only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year-olds progress to a highly-selective university? 

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. Over the last twelve years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase this number by recruiting, training and placing thousands of researchers across the UK to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

Why should you get involved?

The Brilliant Club provides PhDs and ECRs training in widening participation, research communication, and teaching. Find out further information on the variety of skills you can develop by accessing the Tutor Outcomes Framework. You are then paid to deliver academically rigorous programmes to small groups of pupils in state schools across the UK.

Through working as a tutor, you will:

  • Develop your teaching experience in small group tutorials
  • Receive high-quality training and support
  • Enhance your knowledge on the UK education system
  • Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Be payed £550 per placement

Did you know? You can use your experience as a Brilliant Club Tutor to support your Associate HEA Fellowship. Find out further information by accessing: AdvanceHE Associate Fellowship.

How does it work?

This is your opportunity to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor, supporting pupils to develop their academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress into highly selective universities. 

On The Scholars Programme, you will be trained to create a course based on your academic research, pitched at pupils in Key Stage 4 or 5. You will also have the opportunity to deliver a pre-designed programme to younger pupils aged 8-10, delivering this course in university-style tutorials, to groups of 7.

To help fit alongside your other commitments, you will have to indicate your availability on a termly basis. Placements are paid from £550 per placement, with an additional £121 for designing a Scholars Programme course (plus London weighting). Travel expenses are also paid.

Next Steps:

  • For more information, please attend one of UCL's exclusive information sessions: The Brilliant Club - UCL's Exclusive Information Session (Tuesday 17th October 2023). If you cannot attend any of these sessions, please register to attend The Brilliant Club's online open information event.
  • There are three recruitment windows across the year:
    Sunday 20th August - Autumn term application deadline
    Sunday 22nd October - Spring term application deadline
    Sunday 14th January - Summer term application deadline

  • If you have any queries, please get in touch via apply@thebrilliantclub.org

A graphic of The Brilliant Club's Scholars Programme tutor journey