The Brilliant Club National Conference 2017

'Getting In and Getting On': The Whole Student Lifecycle

Saturday 8th July, King’s College London

The progression for disadvantaged young people is challenging at every level; they are less likely to study academically rigorous subjects at GCSE, they underachieve by over half a GCSE grade per subject and are less likely to progress onto A Level Post 16 study. They are less likely to progress to higher education and they are exponentially less likely to progress onto a highly selective university. And even when they have defied every trend, statistic and prediction, they suffer from long term disadvantage in the labour market.

We invite those from all sectors and stages to join us for a day of discussion to challenge disadvantage at every level. From primary to university, corporate business to charitable organisation, everyone has an important part to play in order to support ‘getting in and getting on’.

Join us for a range of dynamic and research led sessions on making tangible change to widening participation in the UK including:

  • Keynote speech from Emran Mian, Director of Strategy and Social Mobility at the Department for Education on the challenges of ‘getting in and getting on’.
  • Owen Carter from The Brilliant Club on how to use online tools to evaluate interventions across the student lifecycle.
  • Dan Robertson, Diversity and Inclusion Director delivers Unconscious Bias Training from sector leader, ENEI for all delegates.
  • Andrew Murphy, Vicki Brown and Emma Maslin from The Aspirations Team at Dyke House Sports and Technology College (Hartlepool) on how to design and deliver effective primary school interventions.
  • Dr. Michael Englard from the Higher Education Action Network (HEAN) on how teachers can support with personal statements
  • LKMCo on the underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education.
  • Paul Chandler, Lead Data Scientist from UCAS on how we should interpret progression statistics
  • The Brilliant Club’s Mike Slavinsky and Advancing Access’ Rebecca Clark provide practical solutions in a workshop on ‘Creating a Whole School Widening Participation Programme.’
  • This House Believes that… University is for Everyone’: A live Debate Mate debate including contributions from Professor Tom Ward (Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds) and our team of expert student debaters!
  • Deb Connor from the Social Mobility Foundation on ‘Preparing the Next Generation of Professionals’.


How do I get there?

King’s College London is in the heart of the city and well served by public transport. It is around 20 minutes from King’s Cross St Pancras. The closest tube station is Temple, on the Circle and District lines. A number of other stations are also within walking distance, including Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Nothern lines), Covent Garden or Holborn (Piccadilly line and Bakerloo lines) and Embankment (District, Circle, Bakerloo and Nothern lines).

The closest train station is Charing Cross. Blackfriars and Waterloo are 15-20 mins walk (many buses are also available from Waterloo).

I have a question or a session I would really like to see at conference… can I suggest it?

Absolutely – please get in touch via Twitter @BrilliantClub or email us on, we would love to hear from you!

Can you meet my dietary requirements?

Our catering staff work to meet all dietary needs. Please record your dietary requirements on the booking form.

I have mobility requirements, is the building accessible?

The building is fully accessible however, if you have any mobility requirements, please do let us know in advance in order for us to best meet your needs.

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets are non refundable.