The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in low participation schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of high performing pupils.

During their autumn placements, the Brilliant Club’s PhD Tutors will work with twelve high-performing 10-13 year old pupils, delivering a series of six tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Successful candidates typically deliver a pre-designed course and modify it to include aspects of their own research interests. Courses include ‘Evolution’, ’Turning Points in English History’ and ‘Could the stars float in the bath?’

The training programme is delivered by qualified teachers and focuses on learning theory and teaching technique. The first tutorial takes place at the launch trips, where tutors accompany pupils on a visit to a highly-selective university. The in-school tutorials are each one hour long, and pupils complete the programme with an extended assignment which tutors mark before delivering the final tutorial.

Tutors are paid £450 for a single placement, and there are opportunities to take part in more than one placement in the autumn and over the following terms with older pupils.

If you would like to apply to work as a Brilliant Club tutor, please fill in the online application form here

Please note that our final assessment centres for our autumn placements are in early October; any applications after that date will automatically be considered for our Spring placements with Year 9/10 pupils.

To find out more, have a look at our Tutor Brochure, or send an email

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

Cumberland Colloquia – Your chance to get people talking

Calling all postgraduates and early career researchers 

Have you ever considered organising a conference to get people discussing the things that matter? 

Apply now to run a Cumberland Colloquium 

Interdisciplinary and inter-institutional conferences, run by and for postgraduates and early career researchers

This is a unique opportunity for early career researchers to develop their public engagement profile and foster interdisciplinary networks by working with staff at Cumberland Lodge to craft a one-day conference on issues of contemporary ethical importance.

The deadline for applications is the 25th October 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be called to interview at Cumberland Lodge in November 2013.  Successful applicants should expect to run their event at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park in June or October 2014.

Applications will be assessed according to their interdisciplinary and collaborative merits, and their engagement with issues of contemporary ethical importance.

Details on how to apply can be found at: