We are an award-winning university access charity

The Brilliant Club works with schools and universities across the UK. We mobilise the PhD community to support students who are less advantaged to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there. 

Our Programmes

In pursuit of our mission, The Brilliant Club runs two core programmes, The Scholars Programme and The Brilliant Tutoring Programme

The Scholars Programme

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places PhD tutors in schools to deliver courses of university-style tutorials based on their own research. The courses are accompanied by two trips to competitive universities.

The Brilliant Tutoring Programme

We are taking part in the national catch-up effort so pupils can access a future they deserve. The Programme aims to re-engage and rebuild pupils’ confidence in core subjects by working with a subject expert.


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The Brilliant Club for you

Whether you are from a school or MAT, or a PhD student or postgraduate, there are many ways of getting involved with The Brilliant Club. 


Are you a current PhD or Masters student, a PhD graduate? Explore the opportunities available to you here.


There are different ways for schools to partner with the charity through our two core programmes.

I definitely think my Brilliant Club experience was the most important factor in my eventual decision to apply to Keble College, Oxford, where I’ve now spent the happiest two years of my life studying English and Italian.


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Our programmes have proven impact.

We have deep expertise in evaluating and reporting on impact.

We engage with and contribute to the research conversation.

Who makes it possible

The Brilliant Club has built strong relationships with supporters, schools, universities and PhD researchers. This support helps us work with less advantaged pupils across the UK on our programmes and special projects. We believe in the power of networks and the importance of working together in pursuit of our mission.


Find out more about our valued supporters, and how to get involved.

Friends of The Brilliant Club

Our supporter network, providing opportunities for friends of the charity to come together.

Partner Institutions

The Brilliant Club partners with over 40 universities across the UK