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Fully Funded Transition Programme for Year 13 Students Transitioning to University

The Brilliant Club is a UK-wide charity which works with the PhD community to support less advantaged students to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there.

Join the Dots is a national initiative which brings schools and colleges together with universities to develop a network of support for students during the transition to university. The programme is fully funded for schools and colleges and students, so there is no cost.

On the programme schools and colleges identify less advantaged Year 13 students who meet key targeting criteria and have applied to one or more of the programme’s partner universities. Students will take part in a series of university preparation activities, delivered by The Brilliant Club.

On Results Day students are matched with a PhD coach from their university. Each PhD coach supports up to eight students and works together with each student’s schools or college to support them throughout the six-month transition programme. At the end of the programme students are encouraged to return to their former school or college to deliver a university information, advice, and guidance session to younger students.

The evaluation from Year 1 of the programme shows a statistically significant increase in students’ academic self-efficacy over the course of the programme as well as increases in students’ use of study strategies and sense of belonging.

Places for students are capped at each university and are allocated on a first-come first serve basis- complete the expression of interest form now and one of The Brilliant Club team will get back to you with more details.