The Brilliant Club

Introduction to The Brilliant Club: A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for researchers at KCL in 2013/14

The Brilliant Club

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 last academic year we have placed over 150 researchers in low participation schools in London, the South East and the West Midlands, where they have worked with around 3000 pupils. We are now recruiting tutors for the academic year 2013/14 when we will run an individual placement in each term, where tutors will work with a different age group. The completion of three placements (these do not need to be delivered consecutively, or in the same academic year) will lead to researchers becoming Advanced Skills Tutors, but tutors can deliver as little as one placement.

We will be holding information events to introduce The Brilliant Club at KCL on the following dates:

  • Monday 30th September 2013, Room F-WB Classroom 3.52, 3rd Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus at 2pm – 3pm
  • Monday 6th January 2014, Room F-WB Classroom G.79, Ground Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus at 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 27th March 2014, Room F-WB Classroom 1.70, 1st Floor, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus at 11am – 12pm

If you would like to find out more, please just turn up! You do not need to book a place.

In addition to earning up to £1500 a year, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials based on their own research and the opportunity to disseminate it to a non-expert audience (at KS4 and KS5). Last year’s programmes varied from ‘Curing Cancer with Sound Bullets’ to ‘Charles Dickens and the Victorian Ghost Story’. They will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor please find further information and an application form on our website,, and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to Dr Mary Henes at