Research and Impact Series

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.

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


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

Case Study

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


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