The Brilliant Club – PhD tutor opportunity – 2020-21

by | Oct 13, 2020

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

Why Become a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching and other transferable skills
  •  Earn £500 per placement, plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses (The Scholars Programme)
  • Disseminate your research to small groups of school pupils as part of The Scholars Programme
  • Support the national effort to help pupils catch up as part of the National Tutoring Programme
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

Tutors are supported by a training programme, including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. Our Scholars Programme allows tutors to design and deliver a course for school aged pupils based on their own research. Each Scholars Programme placement begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip/participating in an online launch event, followed by six further tutorials in their school. At the end of the programme pupils submit an assignment which is marked by their tutor.

In addition to The Scholars Programme opportunity, which is available for all PhD tutors, this year we also plan to be a National Tutoring Programme provider, so will have additional curriculum specific tutoring opportunities for researchers specialising in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Want to find out more?

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club and the National Tutoring Programme online. To sign up for an information webinar, click here. We will be hosting an information webinar for tutors based in the North West on Tuesday 27 October at 2pm.

Want to apply now?

If you are interested in becoming a Brilliant Club tutor and delivering either The Scholars Programme or the National Tutoring Programme, please do apply now, using the online application form.

We are currently recruiting tutors to deliver programmes from Spring 2021 onwards and are running all Assessment Centres virtually. As an organisation we are committed to delivering The Scholars Programme for pupils, even whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place. We are running the programme this academic year as usual, with a flexible format to allow for us to meet the requirements of each school. Some placements will be delivered virtually.

Successful applicants are able to select which terms they would like to work as a tutor in and whether they would like to deliver multiple placements.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at

Looking for a full-time position?

The Brilliant Club also runs Researchers in Schools, a full-time route into teaching for PhDs that incorporates elements from The Scholars Programme, along with a host of other features designed to get the most from your research skill set. If you’re keen on working with young people and feel passionate about our charity’s aims, you can also apply to our sister programme. For more information on RIS, including funding and benefits, contact us on