Brilliant Club: paid Summer placements for Sussex doctoral and post-doctoral researchers

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The Brilliant ClubThe Brilliant Club Summer Placements: A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for researchers at the University of Sussex.

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 disadvantaged communities.

Over the course of this academic year we have placed 120 researchers in low participation schools in London, the South East and the West Midlands, where they have worked with over 2000 pupils.  14 of these tutors have come from the University of Sussex. Now, our summer placements will be giving researchers the chance to design and deliver a series of university-style tutorials based on their own research to high performing A-Level pupils (16-18 yrs), many of whom will be considering an application to study your subject at a top university.

During June and July, our tutors will be placed in a pair of schools in close proximity to one another, and they will work with a group of six high-performing pupils in each school, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and helps them 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 half-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on two university trips, which will include their introductory and concluding tutorials.

In addition to earning up to £500 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials based on 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.

Download the following documents for more information:

To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor this summer, please find the application form on our website and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to

We will be running the first assessment centre on Saturday 13th April, so early applications are strongly encouraged. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us at


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