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PhD Coaches

Our PhD Coaches have either completed or are currently studying for a PhD at a Join the Dots partner university. Apply today!

PhD Coach Job Specification

For all the details of our PhD Coach role on Join the Dots, use the link above.

All PhD researchers accepted as Brilliant Club tutors studying at or recently graduated from one of the programme’s partner universities are eligible to work on the Join the Dots programme.

For the 2023-24 academic year we are partnering with The University of Bristol, Durham University, The University of Essex, Goldsmiths University of London, The University of Kent, King’s College London, Leeds Trinity University, Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Manchester, and The University of Sheffield.


What’s the time commitment/ pay/ how many hours is a placement?

Join the Dots Coaches
Stipend per placement- non-London £683.44
Stipend per placement- London* £762.83

*London pay based on Coach home postcode, not location of university.

The total number of hours you work on each placement may vary, and it is up to you to manage your time. As a guide, you should expect to work approximately 60 hours over the course of a placement, which runs from August until February. The weekly hours will vary, and your time will be split between undertaking training, scheduling and preparing for sessions, delivering sessions including a weekly office hour, and providing feedback on coursework for your students.

Do sessions take place virtually or in-person?

The majority of sessions will take place online, including weekly office hours and student 1-1s, though it is expected that the group sessions take place in person and you are encouraged to be flexible to best fit the needs of your students.

What skills would I develop?

Working as a Join the Dots Coach will enable you to gain experience in working with undergraduates as they make the transition to university. You will get expert training and real experience to develop your Coaching skills. You will gain experience in designing and delivering study skills support to new undergraduate students.

I feel honoured to have taken part in Join the Dots , and am certain that the programme will go on to make a massive difference to disadvantaged undergraduate students. Regarding my experience as a programme tutor, I feel that the programme has improved both my teaching and presentation skills, enhances how I communicate, and made me more aware than ever of the issues facing young people in education today.