The Brilliant Club Conference 2019

We are delighted to share the full programme for the event below:

The Brilliant Club held our sixth annual conference on Friday 12th July, at King’s College London’s Waterloo Campus.  

We welcomed delegates from schools, universities and beyond to join us to collaborate on practical approaches to embed university readiness into pupils’ learning in a holistic, systematic and long-term way. 

We heard from our keynote speakers:

  • Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
  • Professor Daniel Muijs, Deputy Director, Research and EvaluationOfsted 

We were delighted to be able to host a range of dynamic sessions on the themes of Collaboration, Curricula, and University Readiness, including:


  • Removing The Barriers: Effective School-University Partnerships with The Brilliant Club


  • Collaborative Approaches To Supporting Pupil Attainment And University Progression with Scott McGrory, King’s College London; Joanna Clark and Dr Richard Branch, AccessEd
  • Designing A University Access Curriculum: What Should All Sixth Formers Do To Get In? with Laura Compton and Michael Slavinsky, The Elephant Group
  • Making Impact Evaluation Work For Schools, Universities and Charities with Lottie Norton and Dr Natalie Day, The Brilliant Club; and Roz Webster, The University of Manchester
  • Southmoor Academy’s 10-Year Aspirations Programme For Students Aged 8-18 with Claire Ungley, Southmoor Academy
  • What Knowledge Do Pupils Need To Progress To Higher Education? with Ellie Mulcahy and Dr Sam Baars, LKMco; Ben Tucker and Hannah Guy, Aspire to HE, University of Wolverhampton

University Readiness

  • Competitive Courses: Getting Pupils Ready To Apply with Naomi Kellman, Rare; and M. McAvoy, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • King’s Advocate Award: Engaging Teachers And Social Workers In Widening Participation with Charlotte Mannix-Pole, King’s College London; and Soumia Arif, Plumstead Manor School
  • Myths Of Perfectionism And Student Mental Health with Professor Andrew Hill, York St John University
  • The Student Journey: Using Routine Administrative Tasks To Get Novel Insights with Eliza Kozman, Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO); and Miriam Styrnol, College London/Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO)
  • The Transition To University: How Can We Prepare Pupils For Their Next Steps? with Jenny Paterson, The Brilliant Club

Please follow us on Twitter  @BrilliantClub  and search our conference hashtag to catch up with the latest conference discussion  from the day! #TBCconference 

For the first time, we held our Year 12 IAG conference – a free university information, advice and guidance conference for Year 12 students – on the same day and at the same venue. 

The Brilliant Club Conference