Anne-Marie Canning MBE appointed new CEO of The Brilliant Club

The Board of Trustees for The Brilliant Club has appointed a successor for outgoing CEO Dr Chris Wilson. Anne-Marie Canning will join the charity in March 2020, when she will work alongside Dr Chris Wilson before his departure. Anne-Marie will arrive at The Brilliant Club after seven years at King’s College London, where she is […]

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Contextual Offers

Alternative University Offers for The Scholars Programme Graduates at KS5: In recognition of the invaluable skills, rigour and academic preparation for university that The Scholars Programme provides when undertaken alongside A Level study, the University of Bath will make an alternative offer to our highest performing Scholars Programme graduates, those who achieve a 1st or […]

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Chris Wilson to step down as Chief Executive

After eight years at The Brilliant Club, Chief Executive Dr Chris Wilson has announced his intention to stand down from the role early next year. Chris will continue to lead the charity until a successor has been appointed. Chris began his time at the charity as a PhD Tutor for The Scholars Programme delivering tutorials […]

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Latest Impact Case Study Released

The latest in our series of Impact Case Studies has been launched today at the HEIR Conference at the University of Wolverhampton. The report, entitled ‘Come for the mission, stay for the skills: Six lessons from linking researcher development and fair access’, was co-authored by Paul Rünz of the charity’s Research and Impact Department, and […]

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Brown Cords and School Partnerships

16 August 2019

Prior to speaking at Inside Government’s forum, ‘Raising Standards Through Establishing and Maintaining School Partnerships’, The Brilliant Club’s CEO Dr Chris Wilson has shared some insight into the barriers around developing successful partnerships with schools, and what partners can do to overcome these.  Earlier in the year, the Office for Students released new guidance on the preparation of Access […]

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The Brilliant Club shortlisted for Third Sector Awards

The Brilliant Club is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for two prestigious Third Sector Awards. The charity has been shortlisted in the Best Use of Impact Reporting category for its School Impact Reports, which are provided to each of the charity’s 800 school partners. These reports include details of the programme undertaken; pupil attendance and attainment in […]

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State schools miss out on university access help, report shows

Schools serving less affluent communities are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to encounter barriers when trying to work with universities, shows new research from The Brilliant Club. Contrary to recent press reports of ‘positive discrimination’, private schools find it significantly easier to involve their pupils in opportunities to learn about university – over half […]

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Students in Welsh state schools get a taste of university by working with PhD researchers 

In the last four years over 1,800 young people across Wales have engaged with cutting-edge academic research as part of a programme designed to increase access to the most-selective universities, a new report shows. The report, Access Through National Collaboration: Mobilising the PhD community to support university readiness with schools in Wales, was launched by The Brilliant Club at an event at the Senedd in Cardiff. Welsh students […]

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Changes to university admissions policy are only part of the answer to fairer access, says leading headteacher

Inner-city headteacher and fair access champion Matt Jones has today called on schools and universities to maintain their focus on achieving better outcomes for their pupils. Speaking in Peterborough at the annual conference of national university access charity, The Brilliant Club, Matt Jones – principal at the Ark Globe Academy in south London – praised […]

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The Brilliant Club’s Research and Impact Director awarded Fulbright Scholar Award

Dr Lauren Bellaera will carry out educational research at the University of Massachusett, Lowell as part of the renowned scholarship programme.

Research and Impact Director of The Brilliant Club, Dr Lauren Bellaera, has received a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award to enable her to undertake research at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world. As a participant, Lauren has been selected to carry out an […]

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