The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train PhD students and ECRs to support disadvantaged school pupils access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there.

The Brilliant Club provides PhDs and ECRs training in widening participation, research communication, and teaching. Researchers are then paid to deliver academically rigorous programmes to small groups of pupils in state schools across the UK.

How does it work?

On The Scholars Programme, tutors are trained to create a course based on their own academic research pitched at pupils in Key Stage 4 or 5. Tutors also have the opportunity to deliver a pre-designed programme to younger pupils aged 8-10. They deliver this course in university-style tutorials to groups of 7.

To help fit alongside their other commitments, tutors indicate their availability on a termly basis. Placements are paid from £550 per placement, with an additional £121 for designing a Scholars Programme course (plus London weighting). Travel expenses are also paid.

For more information, register to attend an online information event  The next sessions will be taking place on 12, 20, 26, 27 April and 4 May.

To apply, fill in the application form

If you have any queries, please get in touch via

Brilliant Club Tutor-Flyer