The Brilliant Club offers meaningful, paid teaching opportunities for researchers.
Come along to the Information Event!
Monday 10th March
All researchers are welcome!
To book your place, please visit the Researcher Development webpages.
What is The Brilliant Club?
The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that recruits, trains and places doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in low participation schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of high performing pupils. Over the course of this academic year over 200 researchers will be placed to work in schools across London, the South East and the Midlands, where they will work with around 5000 high performing pupils. The Brilliant Club are now looking forward to the next round of placements, which will see Brilliant Club tutors work with hundreds of talented young people as they begin to prepare for university.
What can a successful candidate expect?
Successful candidates will be placed in a non-selective state school, where they will work with eight high-performing 16-18 year old pupils, 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. Successful candidates typically design a course based on their own research, with recent programmes as varied as ‘Fighting Cancer with Sound Bullets’ and ‘Free Will, Luck and Moral Responsibility’.
What will a successful candidate learn?
A Brilliant Club summer placement offers tutors the chance to complete meaningful and well-paid summer work, whilst communicating their research to a non-specialist audience (increasingly a requirement for research council funding). As well as gaining teaching experience, tutors will deepen their knowledge of the UK education system, helping them understand the backgrounds of the undergraduates studying at their institutions. The training programme is delivered by qualified teachers and focuses on learning theory and teaching technique, as well as providing practical support for tutors who choose to design their own course. All tutors also take part in a professional induction, including an Enhanced Disclosure DBS Check.
What will a summer placement look like?
After completing two full day training sessions run by qualified, experienced teachers, tutors will deliver a programme of six tutorials to two groups of four pupils. The first and last tutorials take place at our launch and graduation trips, on a visit to a highly-selective university. The in-school tutorials are 75 mins in length each, and pupils will complete the programme with an extended assignment which tutors will mark before the graduation trip. Tutors are paid £450 for a single placement.
To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor this summer, please find further information and an application form at www.thebrilliantclub.org, and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to Dr Mary Henes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to put science in the headlines?
If you do then the British Science Association Media Fellowships are for you.
Experience first-hand how science is reported by spending 3-6 weeks on a summer placement with a press, broadcast or online journalist such as the Guardian, The Times or BBC.
You will work with them to produce well informed, newsworthy pieces about developments in science.
Come away better equipped to communicate your research to the media, public and your colleagues.
You will develop communication skills that could help you produce concise and engaging articles and funding applications.
For details about the scheme, including eligibility and online application form, visit the British Science Association webpage.
Application deadline: 16 March 2014
You are invited to attend an information event about The Brilliant Club, on Wednesday 24th July at 2.30pm. Book your place through our events listing.
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 based on their own research to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve disadvantaged communities.
Over the course of this academic year The Brilliant Club has placed over 150 researchers in low participation schools in London, the South East and the West Midlands, where they have worked with around 3,500 pupils. They are now recruiting tutors for the academic year 2013/14.
In addition to earning up to £1500 a year, 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 and the opportunity to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. This year’s programmes have varied from ‘Curing Cancer with Sound Bullets’ to ‘Charles Dickens and the Victorian Ghost Story’. They will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities. The completion of three placements will lead to tutors gaining a Statement of Teaching Proficiency from the University.
The information event on the 24th July will introduce the work, vision and mission of The Brilliant Club, and explain how working with The Brilliant Club might supplement your professional development. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation, and you will be shown how to apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor should you wish.
Visit The Brilliant Club’s website for more information.
The Library and Doctoral School are now recruiting for next year’s Hive Scholar roles. There are three, ten-month Scholarships with an attached bursary of £3k, and the deadline for applications is Thursday 6th June 2013. Full details available on the Hive Scholar recruitment page of the Doctoral School website.
SAGE Research Hive Scholarships 2013-14
The Library’s Research Hive is a space dedicated for use by the research community at Sussex, open exclusively to doctoral researchers and academic staff. The Library, in partnership with the Doctoral School, is offering three SAGE Research Hive Scholarships to support the Research Hive and the needs of the research community at Sussex. Each scholarship attracts a fixed bursary of £3,000 for a ten-month duration: from September 2013 to the end of June 2014.
The scholarship holders will be required to contribute on average 25 hours per month for the duration of the scholarship period to provide support for the Research Hive. These hours will be flexible and dependent on any planned events. Some of this time will be spent on-site in the Hive at times to be agreed, but the Scholars will also be expected to spend time in Schools and Departments finding out about the needs of the research community at Sussex and actively promoting the Hive. The Scholars will need to work together effectively and flexibly as a self-managing team, including regular contact by email/other social media and monthly face-to-face meetings. The role will include some evening and weekend working, with emphasis on raising awareness of the Research Hive and the benefits it has to offer; generating ideas and arranging events to support the research community; and evaluating the facility.
These scholarships will provide an ideal opportunity for doctoral researchers to develop professional skills in a number of areas including: organising events; marketing; communication; project management. The scholarship holders will be able to improve and expand their professional research networks, and to gain valuable insight and knowledge of issues affecting researchers at all stages of their careers. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about academic publishing and develop links with SAGE.
How to apply
Read the Hive Scholar specification 2013-14.
The scholarships are open to Sussex doctoral researchers who are currently registered and intend to stay registered until June 2014. Applications should take the form of a statement clearly outlining how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification, together with a short CV, and be sent email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 6th June, and interviews will be held on Thursday 20th and Friday 28th June. Please specify if you are unable to make one of these dates in your application. Although the scholarship will not begin until September, the successful candidates will ideally be able to meet informally during July. For an informal discussion about the scholarships, please contact Joanna Ball, Academic Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Helen Webb, Research Support Supervisor (email@example.com).
The event is focused on providing career opportunities for young, science based researchers.
• FREE exhibition
• 50+ employers expected
• Networking opportunities
• Insightful conference sessions • In-depth company workshops • One on one CV reviews
Please refer to the event website for more details: http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/njce2013/index.html
The Houses of Parliament and the HEA are offering a limited number of bursaries of up to £350 to post-graduate students writing a dissertation examining an aspect of the institution of Parliament – the procedures, processes, business, members, administration or the Estate.
Bursaries of up to £350 per individual application will be available to support innovative, original research.
The bursaries are being made available to cover travel and subsistence expenses for a one-day visit to the Houses of Parliament, where students will be able to conduct research within the Parliamentary Estate.
Parliament’s Outreach Service will assist successful applicants to arrange activities during this visit, such as a tour of Parliament, meetings with relevant Parliamentary staff and viewing of Parliamentary business.
For further details: http://www.parliament.uk/bursaries
Closing date: Midday Friday 3 May 2013
The 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:
- Brilliant Club: Summer STEM Tutoring opportunity [PDF]
- Brilliant Club: Summer Placements in London and the South East [PDF]
To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor this summer, please find the application form on our website www.thebrilliantclub.org and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com