The Sutton Trust is a founding partner of The Brilliant Club, which exists to widen access to top universities for bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds by utilising the largely untapped resource of PhD students.
Founded in 2011 and granted funds by the Trust in 2012, the initiative recruits, trains and places PhD students in challenging schools serving low participation communities. These PhD students deliver university-style tutorials to groups of outstanding students from KS2 through to KS5, developing the skills, confidence and ambition needed to secure places at leading universities.
The Brilliant Club is working with over 40 schools in London, Birmingham, Essex and Luton. The Trust is working with the charity to scale-up its operations and become sustainable in five years through income from schools.