The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2014-2015 we placed over 450 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 6000 high performing pupils.

Find out what two of our very own PhD researchers from The University of Manchester thought of their Brilliant Club experience:

How does it work?

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

How can I find out more?

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event at Manchester where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more. No need to register just turn up: Friday 5 August, 14:00-15:00, University Place 5.210, The University of Manchester

How can I apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor?

We have now opened applications for our autumn term placements. To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor, please find the application form, along with further information about the assessment process on our website:

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