What is the Brilliant Club?

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to widen access to highly-selective universities for underrepresented groups, by mobilising researchers to bring academic expertise into state schools. They recruit, train and place doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools and sixth form colleges to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils. Through The Scholars Programme, pupils develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that help them to secure places at highly-selective universities.

Training and Course Preparation

Whilst you are part of The Brilliant Club delivering tutorials as a Scholars Programme PhD tutor, you will take part in our Researcher Development Programme. This involves training in teaching and widening participation, to develop you both as an academic within your institution, and as a widening participation professional. There are three training weekends every year, one preceding each round of placements. Attending the training weekend is a required part of taking up a placement. Course preparation varies by placement, and will include either designing a course based on your own research, or, for younger years, developing a pre-designed course developed by researchers and teachers.

In School Placement

The Brilliant Club runs The Scholars Programme across England, Scotland and Wales. At the application stage, prospective PhD tutors can specify their preferred location or locations.

We pay PhD tutors £500 on the completion of every placement undertaken, and also provide reasonable travel expenses. A PhD Tutor can take on up to three placements each term, earning £500 per placement and so up to £1,500 per term. Each placement undertaken represents about 14 hours of contact time with pupils. Further to this, tutors are asked to attend a Training Weekend and commit some additional time to course preparation, tutorial planning and marking. Potential PhD tutors should seek their supervisor’s permission to take part in the programme.

By applying to The Brilliant Club, you are not committing to a specific placement, and you will be able to confirm both during and after the assessment process your ability to be placed for the coming terms. They will check in with you at the end of each term to see whether you are available for upcoming placements over the upcoming term, and there is no mandatory number of placements to complete.

How to Apply

To work as a PhD tutor with us, please visit our website and look at our Researchers tab. You will find there details of upcoming recruitment events, our application form and application guidance. Please complete the application form, which will then be reviewed by a member of The Scholars Programme team. If your application is successful, you will then be invited to an assessment centre convenient for you.

The assessment centre consists of three activities:
i) a mini tutorial delivered to two Brilliant Club assessors,
ii) a written evaluation of your mini tutorial,
iii) a short interview.

You will be required to attend for roughly two hours. Assessment centres take place throughout the year.

Our application process is open throughout the year, and when all placements for a programme have been filled, any existing applications will roll over to the next set of placements.

If you have any queries regarding the organisation, the opportunity to work as a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor or the application process please send us an email at: apply@thebrilliantclub.org

If you would like to speak to us then please feel free to call our Head Office on 020 7921 4540.