Are you a DPhil student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching experience?

Through working as a tutor with The Brilliant Club, you will:

  • Develop teaching experience and other employability skills
  • Receive high-quality training in teaching pedagogy
  • Enhance your knowledge of the UK education system
  • Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience
  • Join a community of like-minded researchers across the UK
  • Have the choice of how many placements you’d like to take part in, getting paid £500 per placement

What is The Brilliant Club?

Only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged quintile of 18 year olds progress to a highly-selective university. Over the last five years, The Brilliant Club has worked to increase this number by recruiting, training and placing over 1000 researchers across the UK to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small groups of high-performing pupils from underrepresented communities.

There is now the opportunity for you to join this growing community of like-minded researchers and become a Scholars Programme tutor in 2017-18, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be holding an Information Event for Oxford Researchers at St John’s College at 2.30pm on Wednesday 31st January. Please come along to the Prestwich and Larkin rooms at 2.30pm if you would like to find out more about becoming a Scholars Programme tutor. (Please note that visitors to the College will need to report to the Porters’ Lodge in the first instance).

To find out more about the tutoring opportunity and to watch a short video of tutors speaking about their experience, please visit

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email The Brilliant Club at

Paid part-time opportunities for current postgraduate students

The Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department are looking for one or more current postgraduate students to undertake a project during the coming Hilary and Trinity term to develop and deliver an academically focused project for year 12 students. The participants will be drawn from local schools and offered the opportunity to engage in higher learning content similar to the content of the OxNet ( academic programmes delivered in London, North West and North East England. The content can be cross disciplinary or singular in focus but needs to cover one or more of the following areas:



History of Art/Fine Art/Film/Architecture/Art



Languages/Cultural studies


The role would require a commitment to deliver and develop academic materials that equated to a  series of six (two hour) seminars and a two night three day residential summer school. The project would be supported by staff in the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department who would project manage, stakeholder manage and support operationalising events. This is a great opportunity to create an outreach course that is engaging and exciting based on university research and can be trialled with local sixth formers. The hope is that these materials could then be digitised and delivered to other schools across the country via an online portal e.g Moodle. The post(s) will be re-numerated at £14 per hour for working on the project with the potential of between 90-100 hours of work over the coming two terms and summer. 

There is also the opportunity to deliver one off seminars and lectures at schools in Milton Keynes, Bucks and Oxfordshire during the coming Hilary, Trinity and Mickaelmas terms which would be paid at the same rate with travel also covered.

If you are interested in discussing these opportunities further please get in touch with Jimi Slattery either on


The Graduate Access Working Group

Pembroke MCR and Oxford SU are currently collaborating on establishing a working group of students that are interested in graduate access.

Although access and outreach schemes to broaden the university’s undergrad intake have expanded greatly in recent years, Graduate Access (i.e. measures to diversify the intake into Oxford’s postgrad programmes, and to recruit grad students from disadvantaged backgrounds) remains largely ignored as an issue, and although many individuals and groups have come up with their own ideas and initiatives, we think it would be really helpful to bring together people from across different colleges to share experiences and suggestions, and to plan a more co-ordinated strategy for the future.

The next meeting will be held at 5.30 - 7 pm on the 12th of March (Monday 9th week) at the Oxford SU offices on Worcester Street; please contact Marianne Melsen ( to let us know if you intend to come, or if you are unable to make this particular time but would like to be involved.

All students that are interested in graduate access are welcome to participate. In the long run we may adapt the format of the working group to include fellows and university staff members who are involved with these issues, but for now this will just be an exploratory meeting to bash out some preliminary ideas.

A very broad list of topics to be discussed is as follows, though we are open to any and all further suggestions:

  1. How best to access or collect data which enables us to assess the scale of the problem and publicise the case for reform.
  2. How best to ensure that all undergraduate students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, receive appropriate advice and encouragement about applying for grad courses and funding opportunities.
  3. How best to lobby the university, colleges, or individual donors into adopting an element of means-testing for some graduate funding.


Pathways Graduate Tutor

The Pathways Programme is an outreach initiative coordinated by several Oxford colleges. The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford. We run free events in Oxford for students in Year 10 (age 14/15) through to Year 13 (age 17/18).

What we are recruiting for now:

  • Tutors to deliver short (15 minutes) interactive lectures to Year 10 students as part of our Taster Days.
  • Dates of the events 1st February, 6th February, 8th February, 1st March, 6th March, 8th March, 24th April, 26th April, 1st May, 3rd May, 8th May, 10th May
  • If you would like to take part, the application form can be found here: Graduate Tutor Registration or you can email us at with any questions.

Pathways Graduate Tutors provide the academic element for our pre-16 events.  You don’t have to have had lots of teaching experience in order to get involved, but you do need to be enthusiastic and willing to do a little session preparation.  We’ll provide you with training, resources and feedback on your sessions.

We’re looking for people to run short academic sessions (15 minutes) as part of our Year 10 Taster Days in 2018.  We’ll be holding a briefing on the Year 10 Taster Days, including training on how to plan and deliver a session before the event, date and time TBA.

If you are interested in becoming a Pathways Graduate Tutor and would like to attend, you can apply to do so here: Graduate Tutor Registration. The deadline for applications is Friday 19th of January (Friday of 1st week); we will let you know in the following week whether or not your application has been successful.  If you would like more information about the programme, please email


Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences (March 2018)

Undergraduate helpers needed for Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences

The Student Recruitment Team from the Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach Office are looking for current undergraduate students for the annual Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences, a series of admissions conferences for Year 12 (or equivalent) prospective applicants, held at large venues around the UK.

In feedback from students who attend these events, they often say that it is the interaction with current undergraduates that they value the most, therefore it goes without saying that this is a very important role.

At each Conference we require undergraduates to fulfil a range of duties. First and foremost student helpers will be required to be available to talk with prospective applicants about their experience at Oxford and to give them an honest (but positive!) view of student life here. The day will also involve a lot of directing students as the venues are very large. They may be asked to staff the Oxford stand, where students and teachers come to collect prospectuses and ask further general admissions questions. Some of the helpers may like to assist with presentations delivered by a member of the Student Recruitment Team from the Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach Office explaining the application system, interviews and University life or take part in a subject-specific course talk.

We are looking for undergraduate students who will be able to give Oxford University a friendly face and will be efficient members of our team on the day. Ideally we are looking for undergraduate students who are from the local area where the Conference is held.  The Conferences are often hard work but are also a lot of fun, as well as being an excellent addition to a CV.

The dates and venues of the 2018 conferences are:

Hilary term 9th Week




Friday 16 March

Glasgow Student Conference

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Hilary term 10th week




Monday 19 March

Swansea Student Conference

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Tuesday 20 March

Birmingham Student Conference

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Wednesday 21 March

North West Student Conference

Aintree Racecourse

Thursday 22 March

Newcastle Student Conference

St James’ Park, Newcastle


 Hilary term 11th week




Monday 26 March

Lisburn Student Conference

Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn

Tuesday 27 March

Greater London Student Conference

Epsom Downs Racecourse

Wednesday 28 March

Greater London Student Conference

Epsom Downs Racecourse



All students will be paid £10 per hour for 8 hours work for each Conference. Budget accommodation and subsistence would be paid for unless you are local to the area. Working hours for student helpers at each Conference are usually 7.45am - 4.30pm. Students will also be paid travel time if travelling with the Student Recruitment Team.



We will be holding selection centres to recruit students for the Conferences. In order to be selected you must attend one of these sessions. To register your interest in attending a selection centre please visit:

Monday 22 January 2018 - 1pm-3pm - Room 3, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford
Tuesday 23 January 2018 - 3pm-5pm - Room 3, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford
Tuesday 30 January 2018 - 12pm-2pm - Room 3, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford
Wednesday 31 January 2018 -1pm-3pm - Room 3, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford
Thursday 1 February 2018 - 2pm-4pm - Room 3, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford


The deadline for applications is Thursday 18th January (1st week).

You may also receive information about other opportunities coming up within the Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach Office.

If you have any questions, please email us at


BAME Programmes

What’s it about?

The University of Oxford runs a lot of outreach activity for under-represented groups and our student ambassadors play a vital role in all the activities. Training will take place in Michaelmas term and all students who complete the training will be offered outreach work on events for students from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities.

How can you get involved? 

Students can sign up for training from Friday 6 October:     


Study Higher 

What’s it about?

Study Higher is a partnership of universities and further education colleges in the region working together to provide young people with high quality impartial advice and guidance and to deliver outreach activities to inform them about future educational opportunities. 

How can you get involved? 

We are particularly interested to hear from students who:

  •          come from a diverse range of school and home backgrounds including disadvantaged backgrounds
  •          are in receipt of a Moritz-Heyman scholarship
  •          went to school in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon

Students who do not meet the above criteria are, of course, also very welcome to apply.

Students can sign up for training from Friday 6 October:     



What’s it about?

UNIQ is a range of free access programmes run by the University of Oxford for students in their first year of further education at a UK state school or college. UNIQ encompasses a series of residential summer schools, a residential conference in the Easter break and UNIQ Digital, an online learning platform. UNIQ aims to provide information, support and advice to enable young people to make informed decisions about higher education, and increase applications to the University of Oxford from students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and areas with a low rate of participation in higher education.

How can you get involved? 

Students interested in being an ambassador or site manager can express an interest by emailing Applications to work on UNIQ are open November – December, with selection centres in January.

More information about the project



What’s it about?

Oxplore is an innovative new digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.

How can you get involved? 

Contact to find out how you can get involved; the team’s ambassadors go out to schools, give their experiences of what they’re interested in and often feature on the website’s home page.

More information about the project:


Student Conferences

What’s it about?

These eight conferences across the UK are designed to provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions procedures at both Oxford and Cambridge as well as providing an insight into student life. The events are aimed at students who have already completed their GCSE examinations (or equivalent) and are now undertaking further study.

How can you get involved? 

Applications open early 2018, look out for emails from your College’s Outreach/Schools Liaison Officer in January for more information.

More information about the project


Teachers’ Conferences

What’s it about?

The University organises several Regional Teachers’ Conferences across the UK and in Oxford in June/July each year. The aim of the conferences are to equip teachers with the best possible advice for their students on applying to Oxford. Student Ambassadors talk about their personal experiences of the application process and life at Oxford and take part in a mock interview.

How can you get involved? 

Students interested in being an ambassador can express an interest by emailing

More information about the project


International Guidance Counsellors’ Conference

What’s it about?

Our International Guidance Counsellors’ Conference (IGCC) is a two-day conference for guidance counsellors, careers advisers and teachers employed by a high school from outside of the UK. We are looking for Student Ambassadors from outside the UK to talk about their personal experiences of the application process and life at Oxford and take part in a mock interview.

How can you get involved? 

Students interested in being an ambassador can express an interest by emailing

More information about the project




Contact your college access officer in common rooms or college staff member if you want to get involved.

You may also want to contact the link college for your region (where applicable) or the central team in order to coordinate/ get support in returning to an old school.

Contact your department to get involved in their projects (eg Law Faculty linklaters ambassadors)

Open Days. There are opportunities to help at colleges/departments

Student led initiatives: Target Schools, oxvlog, working with Club/Society outreach initiatives



Outreach Calendar: