News and Views

On this page you can find out more about The Brilliant Club’s programmes and the fantastic pupils, schools, universities and PhD tutors we work with. Our blog is updated regularly so be sure to watch this space!

5 Reasons You Should Apply to be a PhD Tutor with The Scholars Programme!

Scholars Programme PhD Tutor Gemma Edney from the University of Exeter shares the top 5 reasons to apply to become a PhD Tutor with The Brilliant Club! There are so many reasons to apply to be a PhD Tutor with The Brilliant Club, but I have managed to whittle it down to five based on […]

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Researchers in Schools Participants Discuss Training: Dr Dearbhla McGrath

The last three days of summer training have been a really enjoyable experience and it has been so beneficial to reconnect with my fellow RIS trainees. After a rewarding but somewhat gruelling year, it has been cathartic to catch up and see how everyone is getting on, to exchange stories, good and bad, and congratulate […]

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How do I inspire young students to choose and excel in STEM subjects?

Researchers in Schools maths teacher Mari Chikvaidze reflects on how she supports secondary pupils to explore and enjoy STEM subjects. My name is Mari Chikvaidze and I am a teacher of Mathematics at Claremont High School Academy. I would like to share with you how my background and experiences of working with The Brilliant Club […]

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The Brilliant Club explores growth potential with Social Business Trust

Partnerships Director Angela Sammon on why joining SBT’s Design programme is a significant opportunity for The Brilliant Club. As Partnerships Director at The Brilliant Club, I am delighted to announce the launch of our relationship with Social Business Trust (SBT) today. SBT is a registered charity that works in partnership with a group of leading […]

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Researchers In Schools Participants Discuss Training: Dr Matthew Eliot Ripley

Dr Matthew Eliot Ripley discusses his experience of RIS training and reflects on his own educational journey and the role inspiring teachers played. Having only recently graduated from my PhD studies, and with little classroom experience since leaving school, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from RIS Summer Training. In all honesty, I was […]

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HOT or NOT – How to Develop Critical Thinking: Dr. Lauren Bellaera

Dr. Lauren Bellaera is the Director of Research and Impact at The Brilliant Club, responsible for evaluating the impact of the charity’s programmes on pupil outcomes. Lauren has recently been appointed as a part-time Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London and has also worked at the University of Cambridge, UK. In this role she evaluated […]

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Researchers In Schools Participants Discuss Training: Dr Josh Griffiths

Dr Joshua Griffiths reflects on his motivations to become a teacher and how his experiences during RIS Summer Training have helped him to prepare. So the end of the first week of Researchers in Schools Summer Training is over and the road to becoming a teacher is now far less daunting than it was at […]

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Researchers In Schools Participants Discuss Training: Dr Niccolo’ Salvatori

Mathematician and trainee teacher Dr Niccolo’ Salvatori considers his motivations for becoming a teacher and his experiences at RIS Summer Training. Teaching has always been a constant presence in my life. My mother is a senior SEN teacher in an Italian secondary school and she has always shared her experience and motivations with me since […]

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Researchers In Schools Participants Discuss Training: Dr Peter Edmunds

Dr Peter Edmunds discusses his journey to teaching and his experience of the Researchers in Schools training.    Before becoming a RIS participant, I was a post-doctoral research associate at University College London and, later, at Imperial College. While I very much enjoyed my research, I increasingly found myself looking forward to the one afternoon […]

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Emran Mian, Director of Strategy and Social Mobility at the Department for Education, delivers the keynote speech at The Brilliant Club National Conference

On Saturday 8th July, Director of Strategy and Social Mobility at the Department for Education Emran Mian, opened The Brilliant Club National Conference, titled ‘Getting In and Getting On: The Whole Student Life Cycle’. Read his full speech below: “Firstly, I want to say a little bit more about my title, Director for Social Mobility. […]

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