We are an award-winning university access charity

The Brilliant Club works with schools and universities across the UK. The charity exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. We do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its expertise in state schools.

Our Programmes

In pursuit of our mission, The Brilliant Club runs two core programmes, The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.

The Scholars Programme

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver courses of university-style tutorials based on their own research. The courses are accompanied by two trips to highly-selective universities.

Researchers in Schools

Researchers in Schools is a unique teacher training and development programme exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to use participants’ subject expertise for the benefit of schools, pupils and universities.


Keep up to date with the latest news and views from The Brilliant Club.

The PQA debate: Students tell us there is more to it than predicted grades

Hannah Thomson and Dr Lauren Bellaera investigate the post-qualification admissions debate.

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Blog: One month on from the publication of the Commission on Race Disparities Report

In this blog, Jessy Ahluwalia and CEO Anne-Marie Canning reflect on the publication of the Commission on Race Disparities Report.

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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 student or 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.

Research and Impact

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 underrepresented 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