The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club: A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Exeter

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers £500 per placement to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve disadvantaged communities. Since 2011 The Brilliant Club placed over 1700 researchers ito work with 58,000 pupils across the UK. 

The Brilliant Club hold information events each term at our Streatham and Penryn campuses. These will be advertised on My Career Zone - please come along if you would like to find out more about becoming a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor.

Latest recruitment events:

- Tuesday 27 October- 11:00-12:00

- Monday 16 November- 14:00-15:00

Why Become a Brilliant Club Tutor?

Successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. This includes support to produce a programme handbook about your research. You can download University of Exeter PGR Cameron Hird’s programme handbook From Fossils Fuels to Fish- Cameron Hird.

You will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip. But don’t take our word for it – read University of Exeter PGR Gemma Edney’s blog post on the 5 Reasons You Should Apply to be a PhD Tutor with The Scholar’s Programme!

Applying to Become a Brilliant Club Tutor

You need to apply to become a Brilliant Club tutor. The application process is competitive, and includes an online application form and attendance at an assessment centre. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at

Thinking of applying? You might find the following resources useful:

Part of the focus of The Brilliant Club recruitment is PGRs approach to interactive, reflective teaching. Therefore, PGRs interested in applying to The Scholar's Programme may benefit from having attended Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Programme (LTHE), which introduces the underlying principles and practical methods of effective learning and teaching.

Examples of Exeter PGRs projects taughts in skills, and placement workbooks: