The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that exists to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from under-represented groups. The way that we do this is by recruiting, training and placing doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in non-selective state schools across the country.
In The Scholars Programme, PhD tutors deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils, from Year 6 through to Year 12, which develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that help those pupils to secure places at highly-selective universities. Working together with schools, colleges and universities, we are building a national movement that mobilises doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to engage with challenging schools and to address educational disadvantage more broadly.
We are currently working with nearly 300 schools and colleges in London and the South East, the Midlands, the North East, North West, South West, East of England and South Coast regions. Last year, we placed almost 500 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to work with nearly 7,000 pupils.
The UK education system faces a range of inter-related challenges: students from non-selective state schools are under-represented at leading universities; schools are increasingly accountable for progression to higher education; there is a shortage of high quality development opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers; and universities are committed to recruiting more pupils from low-participation backgrounds.