Use your PhD every day to make a difference

In the UK today, there is an entrenched link between household income and educational success. Pupils from low-income backgrounds are far less likely than their wealthier peers to attain five good GCSE grades, progress to higher education or have a fulfilling career.

The Researchers in Schools programme tackles this by mobilising the research community to become outstanding classroom teachers, as well as champions of evidence-based practice and higher education. We offer PhD researchers a unique, fully-salaried route into teaching tailored to your abilities, knowledge and experience. Through our programme, you’ll develop the skills to become a highly-effective classroom teacher, helping support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.

Researchers in Schools is delivered by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that exists to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from under-represented groups. We recruit, train and place PhD researchers as part-time tutors and full-time teachers in non-selective state schools. Through Researchers in Schools, PhD graduates become highly-effective classroom teachers, champions for university access and future subject leaders in the education sector.


Company Values
To increase and disseminate subject expertise
  • To promote research
  • To champion university access
Company at a Glance
  • Researchers in Schools is a programme delivered by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that works to increase the number of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds that progress to highly selective universities. Today, 50% of privately educated children in the UK will progress to a top university, compared with 2% from low-income backgrounds. The Brilliant Club seeks to address this problem in a simple, scalable and sustainable way: we recruit, train and place PhD students and PhD graduates in non-selective state schools to work part-time as tutors or full-time as teachers.