Research and Impact

Everything that The Brilliant Club does, we do in pursuit of consistent and reliable outcomes for pupils. Our Research and Impact Department brings together five social scientists who work to understand the impact of our programmes on pupil outcomes. We use this evidence to widen participation to highly-selective universities, and to measure and improve curriculum enrichment.

On this page you will find updates on the work of the Research and Impact Department including the results of research and evaluations, as well as details of the Department’s work with external organisations.

UCAS Independent Impact Evaluation

For the last two years, The Brilliant Club has worked with the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) to evaluate the impact The Scholars Programme on progression to highly-selective universities.

In both years, UCAS found that pupils who completed The Scholars Programme were significantly more likely to apply to, receive an offer from and progress to a highly-selective university than pupils in control groups matched for prior attainment and socio-economic factors.

Read our most recent impact evaluation here:

Annual Impact Reports

Research and Impact Series

Our Research and Impact Series provides three ways for you to engage with our work and that of our partners:

Research
Seminar
Series

The seminars provide a forum for practitioners to engage with academic research.

Impact
Case Study
Series

The case studies identify some of the key barriers to widening access and discuss how these barriers can be addressed.

Research
Report
Series

The research reports examine how different programme features contribute towards pupil outcomes.

Research Seminar Series
A forum for practitioners to interact with academic research about education and widening participation. The seminars will run in Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018, and speakers include Dr Rebecca Allen from Education Datalab, Dr Claire Crawford from the University of Warwick, and Dr Sarah Tazzyman from CFE Research. Uniquely, each seminar will see a presentation by at least one academic and one practitioner, linked by a central theme – sign up now.

Impact Case Study Series
Accessible case studies addressing key thematic challenges in widening participation and curriculum enrichment, and how we have approached them – read our latest impact case studies.

Research Report Series
Detailed research reports looking at specific ways in which we have tried to improve and evaluate the impact of our programmes, including what we have learnt and the translation of research and evaluation into wider practice – read our latest research reports.

Contact Details
Dr Lauren Bellaera (Research and Impact Director) can provide further information on the Research and Impact Series, as well as the wider work of the department. Please email lauren.bellaera@thebrilliantclub.org.