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Create a fairer society where no child’s education is limited by their background.

The need

In the UK today, how and where a young person grows up – what part of the country they live in, or the qualifications, jobs and income of their parents – has consequences. These factors are out of the control of young people, yet they have a huge influence on their chances of educational success and life opportunities, including access to higher education.

The number of children eligible for free school meals has increased by 40% since 2020, with 1 in 4 pupils in England now eligible. Attainment for the most disadvantaged students is falling further behind and is now on average 18.8 months behind their more advantaged peers by the time they take their GCSEs – a key barrier to progression to university and social mobility.

In the UK today, just 2 in 100 of the most disadvantaged students progress to the most competitive universities, compared to 28 in 100 of the most advantaged.

And we know that disadvantage does not disappear when students walk through the doors of their university – students from less advantaged backgrounds are almost twice as likely to drop out of university and 20% more likely to miss out on the top university grades.

This inequality aff­ects an individual beyond their time at university and impacts society as a whole.

Join our community of supporters and create a fairer society where no child’s education is limited by their background. Our programmes support social mobility through a range of approaches:

  • Growing The Scholars Programme so that over 20,000 students can develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to access university annually by 2026
  • Pioneering approaches to university transition and student success will ensure that less advantaged students are supported to achieve a strong degree
  • Empowering parents with Parent Power to become champions for higher education in their communities and address any barriers their children face

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How you can help

Trusts and Foundations

By supporting The Brilliant Club, Trusts and Foundations drive social mobility through the power of education and create equal opportunities for young people in the UK.

Corporate Supporters

The Brilliant Club wants to work with businesses who are committed to supporting more young people from diverse backgrounds to access and succeed at the most competitive universities.


As a philanthropic supporter of The Brilliant Club will work with you to find the best way to match your philanthropic aims with our mission.


Support young people to access and succeed at the most competitive universities by fundraising for The Brilliant Club.

Thank you 

Our supporters play a vital role in enabling our mission.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make a positive difference for young people, including partner organisations, individuals and those who wish to remain anonymous. 

  • AKO Foundation
  • Alan Edward Higgs Charity
  • Allen & Overy
  • Astra Foundation
  • Bristol Masons Charity
  • Dataiku
  • The David and Elaine Potter Foundation
  • DeepMind
  • The Dulverton Trust
  • Department for Education
  • Dr Jacqueline Stedall
  • Epic Foundation
  • Evolve Care Group
  • Frank Walding and Dr Rosie Gilbert
  • Jean and Hélène Peters Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • GMSP Foundation
  • The Gosling Foundation
  • Kleinwort Hambros
  • Kusuma Trust
  • Lodge of Harmony 7127
  • Man Charitable Trust
  • Mazars Charitable Trust
  • Niral Patel, Vishal Patel, Viresh Patel, Kunal Patel and Rajvinder Minhas
  • The Mohn Westlake Foundation
  • Personio Foundation
  • The Portal Trust
  • Prakash and Shila Dewani
  • Royal Society of Chemistry – Chemists’ Community Fund
  • Scoutcraft Lodge 9936
  • The Siôn Mullane Foundation
  • Social Business Trust
  • The Taylor Family Foundation
  • Thomas Howell’s Education Fund for North Wales
  • UPP Foundation
  • The Waterloo Foundation
  • Wesleyan Foundation
  • Westminster Foundation
  • The 29th May Charitable Trust


If you are interested in supporting the charity, we would love to hear from you!  

Please get in touch with our Fundraising Manager Eve Saunders via the button below.

Further information

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