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The Researchers in Schools programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. We offer PhD researchers a unique, fully-salaried route into teaching tailored to your abilities, knowledge and experience

The RIS Programme is delivered by the Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that works to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds that progress to highly selective universities. RIS offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates, specifically designed to utilize their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

Why work for us
As part of the RIS programme, you will:

  • Complete our Research Leader in Education Award, a fully funded, three-year programme of professional development designed around the PhD skillset.
  • Create and deliver Uni Pathways, a university-access intervention based on your PhD, aimed at increasing target pupils’ chances of attending a highly selective university.
  • Take one day of protected time each week to work towards the RLE and Uni Pathways.
  • Receive honorary academic status at a research-intensive university, providing access to research facilities and a network of academic support.
  • Benefit from competitive financial support, including generous funding options for your training year.

Training and development
Following our initial summer training course in August, we offer a structured, three-year programme of training and development. You’ll qualify as at teacher at the end of year one, and throughout the programme you’ll work towards our Research Leader in Education Award. This award will support you to develop your leadership skills and, through adapting your research skillset to teaching, enable you to create and deliver impactful classroom interventions. Additionally, your year-two project will be worth 30 Master’s credits.

What we are looking for
We are looking for PhD researchers with the potential to become great teachers. In particular, we look for candidates with a commitment to the aims of our programme and a clear, demonstrable desire to begin a worthwhile and rewarding career in teaching.

You must have submitted, or be on course to submit, your thesis and complete your viva by 1 August 2020. You must hold a minimum of a C grade or equivalent at GCSE maths and English, or be prepared to sit an equivalency test.


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Desired degree disciplines/class
All candidates must hold a PhD in the subject that they intend to teach and must have submitted, or be on course to submit their thesis and complete their viva, by 1 August 2020

How to apply
Complete the application form at

Closing date
All year round. Rolling deadlines: early applications encouraged

Tel +44 (0)203 005 3344

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