Geography and Access:

Finding solutions to break the link between where students live and access to highly-selective universities

The Brilliant Club’s 2016 Conference was held in partnership with King’s College London and took place on the 19th July at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Stoke-on-Trent.

The conference was entitled: ‘Geography and Access: Finding solutions to break the link between where students live and access to highly-selective universities’.

We are extremely grateful to King’s College London and Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy for their support in hosting the day. We would also like to extend our thanks to all keynote speakers and session leads, including Mark Stanver, Rt Hn Tristram Hunt MP, Professor Alex Singleton, the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team and LMKCO.

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48% of privately educated children currently achieve a place at a highly selective university. This is compared to just 18% of children who attend state schools, and only 2% of children that are eligible for free school meals (an indicator of deprivation).

The Brilliant Club aims to close the gap by promoting fair access to highly-selective universities by placing hundreds of PhD students each year into non-selective state school to teach specialist lessons, run academic programmes and support more pupils to apply to top universities.

Videos and materials from the event

Opening session from Mark Stanyer, Principal of Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Simon Coyle, co-CEO of The Brilliant Club, Right Hon. Tristram Hunt MP, Professor Alex Singleton, Geography Dept at the University of Liverpool

Can we ‘nudge’ low participation students into highly selective universities?: Behavioural Economics and Access.

We are extremely grateful to our partner organisations and supporters

Further information