The Brilliant Club

Helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds into top universities


The Brilliant Club supports students aged 8 to 18 from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there. They do this by partnering with schools, colleges and universities across the UK, with a particular focus on mobilising the PhD community.



Students from less advantaged background supported in 2023


Students supported to succeed in university in 2023


Parents worked with via 8 campaign groups to tackle education inequality in 2023

Why we support The Brilliant Club

Students from the least advantaged backgrounds have a 2 in 100 chance of going to the most competitive universities, compared with 28 in 100 for the most advantaged. This disadvantage doesn’t disappear when they enter university, where they are less likely to get good grades. However, those that do graduate from top universities earn on average £10,000 per year more than their peers.

By mobilising the PhD community, The Brilliant Club provides a practical experience of higher education to disadvantaged young people with high academic potential, raising their aspirations and developing the skills needed to thrive in academia and beyond.

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