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PhD Coaches

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.

Applications closed

Applications for Join the Dots PhD coaches in 24/25 are now closed.

University Partners

For 2024/25, we have confirmed partnerships with the University of Bristol; Durham University; University of Essex; Goldsmiths, University of London; King’s College London; Liverpool John Moores University; and University of Kent.

PhD Coach Job Specification


What’s the time commitment for a placement?

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 the following hours:

Group size Working hours
5-8 students 50.5 hours
1-4 students 32 hours

The programme 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, with a few in person sessions. 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.