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Meet The Brilliant Club! A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for researchers at UCL

By Vivienne C Watson, on 11 March 2014

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.

 We will be at the UCL campus on Friday 14th March from 1:30pm – 4:45pm. This will take the form of a number of 15 minute slots where a representative from the charity can talk to you about its work, review your application (if you are at that stage) and discuss next steps. Please email chris@thebrilliantclub.org to request a slot.

 We will place successful candidates 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’.

 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. Our 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.

 To apply to be a Brilliant Club tutor this summer, please find further information and an application form on our website, www.thebrilliantclub.org, and send the completed form with a copy of your CV to Dr Mary Henes at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

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