Brilliant Club Tutoring

LJMU has a Researcher Development Partnership with 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 from disadvantaged backgrounds in state schools across the UK. 

Why Become a Brilliant Club PhD Tutor?

  • Support local pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access university
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop your teaching, course design and other transferable skills
  • Earn from £500 per placement, plus an additional £110 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
  • Help pupils catch up in core subjects after the disruption caused by Covid-19 as part of The Brilliant Tutoring Programme
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access

All tutors are supported by a training programme, which includes sessions on tutorial pedagogy, assessment, safeguarding and, for The Scholars Programme, course design. The Scholars Programme allows tutors to design and deliver a course for pupils aged 14 and over based on their own research; there is also the option to deliver pre-designed material to younger pupils. Each Scholars Programme placement entails 14 hours of in-person delivery, split across 2 groups of 7 pupils, as well as marking homework and the final assignment. 

The Brilliant Club also runs The Brilliant Tutoring Programme, which was designed to help pupils from less advantaged backgrounds regain confidence in core subjects after the disruption caused by school closures during the pandemic. This programme offers specific curriculum tutoring opportunities for researchers with a background in English, Maths, Chemistry or Biology. Masters students are also eligible to apply for this programme. 

 Case Studies from LJMU PhD Tutors

You can read case studies from four LJMU researchers who worked as PhD Tutors while undertaking their doctorates:

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.

Want to apply now?

If you are interested in becoming a Brilliant Club tutor as part of The Scholars Programme or The Brilliant Tutoring Programme, please do apply now, using the online application form. The programmes are open to all doctoral researchers, whether on a PhD or a Professional Doctorate programme. This form asks for your academic and employment history details and asks 4 motivational questions. You are advised to use the full 200 word count for each motivational question. 

The Brilliant Club recognises that you will be juggling multiple commitments alongside your research. That's why successful applicants are able to signal their availability on a termly basis and indicate how many placements they would like to deliver. 

If you have any queries, email The Brilliant Club at

Looking for a full-time position?

If you are interested in pursuing a career with The Brilliant Club, you can see their current opportunities here: