Are you a PhD graduate who wants to help a young person realise their academic potential?

The Brilliant Club seeks to mobilise the PhD community to engage with state schools and support talented pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities. To do this, we deliver two programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.

The Scholars Programme employs doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a part-time basis to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of pupils. Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, we support pupils aged 10-18 to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities. To find out more, please see below.

At a recent training weekend in Sheffield, we caught up some Scholars Programme PhD tutors to hear their thoughts on the programme, watch the video below:

The Researchers in Schools Programme offers a bespoke route for PhD graduates to enter the teaching profession as full-time classroom teachers. Working in partnership with other providers, we offer a programme of initial teacher training and on-going professional development that equips participants to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. To find out more, please visit the Researchers in Schools website.

“The Brilliant Club is an excellent programme that has the potential to transform the UK education system. I have enjoyed my experience tutoring and am proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause.”
Babak Somekh

PhD Candidate, Oxford University

How to get involved

We run a rolling application process throughout the year, recruiting PhD tutors to work across England, Scotland and Wales.

The application process is broken down into three stages:

Online application form

A five section form which requires you to explain why you want to work as a Brilliant Club tutor and why you think you will excel in the role. You can read our helpful guidance form here.

Assessment centre

If your application form meets our criteria then you will be invited to an assessment centre, consisting of a mini-lesson delivered to two Brilliant Club assessors, a written evaluation of your mini-lesson, a group activity, and a short interview.

After the assessment centre

We will inform you of the result of your application as soon as possible after the assessment and will provide you with feedback on our decision.