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The Brilliant Club – PhD tutor opportunity – 2020-21

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

Why Become a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching and other transferable skills
  •  Earn £500 per placement, plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses (The Scholars Programme)
  • Disseminate your research to small groups of school pupils as part of The Scholars Programme
  • Support the national effort to help pupils catch up as part of the National Tutoring Programme
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

Tutors are supported by a training programme, including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. Our Scholars Programme allows tutors to design and deliver a course for school aged pupils based on their own research. Each Scholars Programme placement begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip/participating in an online launch event, followed by six further tutorials in their school. At the end of the programme pupils submit an assignment which is marked by their tutor.

In addition to The Scholars Programme opportunity, which is available for all PhD tutors, this year we also plan to be a National Tutoring Programme provider, so will have additional curriculum specific tutoring opportunities for researchers specialising in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Want to find out more?

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club and the National Tutoring Programme online. To sign up for an information webinar, click here. We will be hosting an information webinar for tutors based in the North West on Tuesday 27 October at 2pm.

Want to apply now?

If you are interested in becoming a Brilliant Club tutor and delivering either The Scholars Programme or the National Tutoring Programme, please do apply now, using the online application form.

We are currently recruiting tutors to deliver programmes from Spring 2021 onwards and are running all Assessment Centres virtually. As an organisation we are committed to delivering The Scholars Programme for pupils, even whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place. We are running the programme this academic year as usual, with a flexible format to allow for us to meet the requirements of each school. Some placements will be delivered virtually.

Successful applicants are able to select which terms they would like to work as a tutor in and whether they would like to deliver multiple placements.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Looking for a full-time position?

The Brilliant Club also runs Researchers in Schools, a full-time route into teaching for PhDs that incorporates elements from The Scholars Programme, along with a host of other features designed to get the most from your research skill set. If you’re keen on working with young people and feel passionate about our charity’s aims, you can also apply to our sister programme. For more information on RIS, including funding and benefits, contact us on apply@researchersinschools.org

The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme – PhD tutor opportunity – 2020-21

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

The University of Manchester works in partnership with The Brilliant Club to offer you the opportunity to join The Brilliant Club’s PhD tutor community in 2020-21.

Download – Information for Researchers (pdf)

Why Become a Scholars Programme PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching and other transferable skills
  • Earn £500 per placement plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses
  • Disseminate your research to small groups of school pupils
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

The Brilliant Club will be running an online webinar on 29 April 2020 at 11am and 20 Mary 2020 at 11am, where you can find out more about the opportunity of becoming a Scholars Programme PhD tutor. Come along to find out more about the opportunity. To access the webinar, please follow the following links:

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 11am – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/995686677
Wednesday 20 May 2020, 11am – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/810030517

Successful applicants are able to select which terms they would like to work as a tutor in and whether they would like to deliver multiple-placements.

Tutors are supported by a training programme consisting of two full-days including sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment and designing a course handbook. Each Scholars Programme placement then begins with tutors accompanying their pupils on a university trip, followed by six further tutorials in their school. At the end of the programme pupils submit an assignment which is marked by their tutor.

You can find out more about The Brilliant Club and the tutoring opportunity online. To apply please visit the application form.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Looking for a full-time position?

If you’re keen on working with young people and feel passionate about our charity’s aims, you can apply to our sister programme, Researchers in Schools. RIS is a full-time route into teaching for PhDs that incorporates elements from The Scholars Programme, along with a host of other features designed to get the most from your research skill set. For more information on RIS, including funding and benefits, contact us on apply@researchersinschools.org

The Brilliant Club – inspiring the next generation of researchers

The University is continuing its successful partnership with The Brilliant Club, after almost 5 years of working together.

The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. It recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.

In the last academic year we hosted over 1,000 pupils on the scholars programme onto our campus, and 29 of our researchers worked as tutors, engaging over 600 pupils in their research.

We’re pleased to report that in January 2020, two pupils who have worked with researchers at The University of Manchester have been published in the latest issue of The Scholar, The Brilliant Club’s academic journal of outstanding pupil work. The Scholar is published termly and showcases some of the excellent work produced by pupils. All assignments nominated for publication are reviewed by an expert panel of PhD researchers and only the highest scoring are published.

This is an example of the high standard of work produced by students on the programme, supporting our targets within our Access and Participation Plan (APP).

In The University of Manchester’s APP we have committed to: Delivering the Scholars Programme over the next 5 years in collaboration with the Brilliant Club in order to improve pupils’ confidence in specific competencies which are important for HE readiness. This work is targeted at students who are eligible for pupil premium, with no parental experience of HE and from the most deprived areas (IDACI).

We have a specific target around the academic performance of pupils taking part in the Scholars Programme: In partnership with the Brilliant Club, the University will support pupils from POLAR 4 Q1&2 areas or eligible for Pupil Premium to make at least a 5% improvement in their overall academic progress whilst participating in the Scholars Programme

Researchers interested in applying to be a tutor on the programme, or schools interested in taking part can get in touch with The Brilliant Club.

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Are you a PhD student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Through working as a tutor with The Brilliant Club, you will:

  • Develop teaching experience and other employability skills
  • Receive high-quality training in teaching pedagogy
  • Enhance your knowledge of the UK education system
  • Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Have the choice of how many placements you’d like to take part in, getting paid £500 per placement

What is The Brilliant Club?

Only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year olds progress to a highly-selective university. Over the last five years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase this number by recruiting, training and placing over 1000 researchers across the UK to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

Find out more and take up the opportunity

There is now the opportunity for you to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor in 2019-20, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be hosting a series of webinars where you can find out further information about becoming a Scholars Programme tutor.

You can find out when the next webinar is, and register your interest in attending here: https://thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/webinar-tsp-registration/

To find out more about the tutoring opportunity and to watch a short video of tutors speaking about their experience, please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/ Then to apply, please complete the application form found at the bottom of The Brilliant Club website page.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at apply@thebrilliantclub.org

The Brilliant Club – Tutor Recruitment and Info Event at Manchester

The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2014-2015 we placed over 450 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 6000 high performing pupils.

Find out what two of our very own PhD researchers from The University of Manchester thought of their Brilliant Club experience:

How does it work?

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, 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. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

How can I find out more?

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event at Manchester where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more. No need to register just turn up: Friday 5 August, 14:00-15:00, University Place 5.210, The University of Manchester

How can I apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor?

We have now opened applications for our autumn term placements. To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor, please find the application form, along with further information about the assessment process on our website: http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/apply/

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email at apply@thebrilliantclub.org