What is The Brilliant Club?

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity that works with schools and universities across the UK.

Our Mission

The Brilliant Club 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 academic expertise with state schools

What We Do

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 programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips. 

For more information or to find out how to get involved with The Scholars Programme, please click here.

Researchers in Schools

Researchers in Schools recruits PhD graduates, places them as trainee teachers in schools and supports them to develop as excellent teachers and research leaders committed to closing the gap in attainment and university access. 

Detailed information about the Researchers in Schools programme is available here.

Our Reach and Impact


The Brilliant Club works with more than 12,000 pupils across its programmes 


We partner with nearly 700 schools in every nation and region of the UK


We work with 38 universities across the UK

The Brilliant Club’s programmes are having a positive impact on pupils. Data from UCAS shows that pupils completing The Scholars Programme were significantly more likely to apply to, receive an offer from and progress to a highly-selective university. For further details on our research and impact, please click here.

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about the work of The Brilliant Club or you’re keen to get involved, please send us an email: hello@thebrilliantclub.org.