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Announcement: The Brilliant Club Launches Research and Impact Series

The Brilliant Club’s Research and Impact Series: Serious about Impact

Social scientists from the award-winning education and social mobility charity The Brilliant Club have today launched a three-part series on the sector-leading work of its Research and Impact Department. Social scientists from the award-winning education and social mobility charity The Brilliant Club have today launched a three-part series on the sector-leading work of its Research and Impact Department.

The Research and Impact Series brings together learning from cutting-edge research and practice focused on the question: how can research inform widening participation and curriculum enrichment?  For the Brilliant Club, answering this question rigorously and consistently is central to delivering its five-year strategy, The Path to Outcomes. The department’s research aims to complement our externally commissioned research, such as the UCAS Control Group Evaluation.

The series provides three ways to engage with the charity’s work and that of its partners:
• The Research Seminar Series, held in partnership with UCL, provides a forum for practitioners to engage with academic research about education and widening participation. Starting on Wednesday 1st November at UCL, this six-part seminar series will be delivered by leading academics and practitioners. Speakers include Dr Rebecca Allen from Education Datalab, Dr Claire Crawford from the University of Warwick, and Dr Sarah Tazzyman from CFE Research.  Uniquely, each seminar will see a presentation by at least one academic and one practitioner, linked by a central theme.

• The Impact Case Study Series provides accessible quantitative and qualitative data addressing key thematic challenges in the widening participation sector, and how the charity has approached them. Based on research from the academic literature, the first tranche of case studies will explore how the impact of access interventions can be realistically measured, the reach of access interventions to rural and coastal schools, and how access interventions can support attainment.

• The Research Report Series provides a detailed look at specific ways in which The Brilliant Club have tried to improve and evaluate the impact of its programmes, including what has been learnt from the research and the translation of research and evaluation into wider practice.

Speaking at the launch of the series, Dr Lauren Bellaera says: “It is essential that we engage with robust research to better understand how we can increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.”