On this page you can find out more about The Brilliant Club’s programmes and the fantastic pupils, schools, universities and PhD tutors we work with. Our blog is updated regularly so be sure to watch this space!

My Scholars Programme Journey

By Poppy, Litcham School

By Poppy, Litcham School I took part in the Scholars Programme in Year 10. The programme involves trips to universities at which you experience sessions and workshops. They help you to learn and develop transferrable skills such as correct referencing and effective essay writing, which prove themselves useful in many areas of work and writing. In the programme your group receives a specific topic that you learn about from your tutor. Within my group’s tutorials we learnt about how to interpret the work of […]

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So you want to be a PhD Tutor? Current tutor Steph, gives an insider’s perspective!

by Steph MacDonald, PhD Student, University of Manchester

  Joining The Brilliant Club Each week we get a great round up from the Doctoral Academy Graduate Society (DAGS) team of all the opportunities available outside of our research. What we don’t get to hear, however, are any first-hand experiences. If, like me, you have a tendency to bite off a bit more than […]

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Examining the importance of early intervention in school widening participation practices

by Emma Maslin, Aspirations Coordinator at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, Hartlepool

“I’ll probably just go to [insert local university here]….” – Alex, aged 11. Alex is a year six student in a primary school in Hartlepool who, after reading different university prospectuses, claimed she would most likely go to a university in her locality. When I was eleven I wanted to be a pop star, specifically a […]

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Co-producing Knowledge: The opportunities and challenges of collaborative research

by Dr Sonia Bussu, Researcher in Residence at UCL, former Brilliant Club PhD Tutor

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk about my experience of collaborative research with a group of students and researchers, as part of a series of seminars on public-facing research organised by The Brilliant Club. Concepts like ‘coproductive research’ and ‘participatory research’ have become buzzwords in academia and we wanted more critical reflection […]

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8 Things All Pupils Undertaking a Nuffield Placement Should Know

by Asmaa Hafez

Undertaking a research placement in a field you have no expertise in can be a little bit daunting. But don’t worry! Here are 10 things you should know to make your placement go as smoothly as possible. 1. It is completely fine if you do not have a lot of knowledge about your area of […]

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The Importance of CPD for Researchers and Teachers

by Joseph da Costa, King's College London, Brilliant Club PhD Tutor

As Brilliant Club tutors, we are expected to ‘share academic expertise with state schools’. There are as many approaches to sharing expertise as there are approaches to developing that expertise. CPD is as much a part of pedagogy as it is a commitment of the teaching (sharing) practitioner, or of any professional, to the enhancement […]

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Nuffield Summer Placements: How my interest in the brain led me to do a placement in Neurorehabilitation

by Asmin Alam

I have always been interested in how this three-pound structure is essentially us. It controls everything from what we think to what we do, and yet there is still so much that we don’t know about the brain. This makes me wonder how much is there that we’re not aware of about ourselves… Unlike most […]

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5 Reasons You Should Apply to be a PhD Tutor with The Scholars Programme!

by Gemma Edney, University of Exeter, Brilliant Club PhD Tutor

Scholars Programme PhD Tutor Gemma Edney from the University of Exeter shares the top 5 reasons to apply to become a PhD Tutor with The Brilliant Club! There are so many reasons to apply to be a PhD Tutor with The Brilliant Club, but I have managed to whittle it down to five based on […]

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Researchers in Schools Participants Discuss Training: Dr Dearbhla McGrath

The last three days of summer training have been a really enjoyable experience and it has been so beneficial to reconnect with my fellow RIS trainees. After a rewarding but somewhat gruelling year, it has been cathartic to catch up and see how everyone is getting on, to exchange stories, good and bad, and congratulate […]

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How do I inspire young students to choose and excel in STEM subjects?

by Dr Mari Chikvaidze

Researchers in Schools maths teacher Mari Chikvaidze reflects on how she supports secondary pupils to explore and enjoy STEM subjects. My name is Mari Chikvaidze and I am a teacher of Mathematics at Claremont High School Academy. I would like to share with you how my background and experiences of working with The Brilliant Club […]

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