AccessEd exists to increase university access for young people from under-represented backgrounds. We do this by equipping partner organisations to mobilise research communities to deliver academic enrichment programmes.


AccessEd has been established by the co-founders of The Brilliant ClubThe Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that supports young people from under-represented backgrounds progress to highly-selective universities in the UK. It is the largest university access charity for children aged 11-18 in the UK, and the only organisation systematically recruiting, training and placing PhD researchers to work in state schools. Learn more about our expertise.

bulb-penThe primary way we work towards our mission is through supporting social entrepreneurs design and deliver new university access programmes that mobilise the research community. We provide a structured programme of support that equips partner ventures to design a pilot intervention, demonstrate impact and scale up.
Our next expression of interest window for new 2018/19 partners ends 28th November 2018. 
We also work towards our mission by directly delivering pilot programmes in new countries based on need and feasibility. Under this approach, we intend to kick-start interventions that bring world-class researchers into the classrooms of some of the most underprivileged children in the world. 

dc-pilotAccessEd is currently supporting university access programmes in Washington DC and Boston in the USA, the Western Cape and Gauteng in South Africa, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and Hong Kong. 
If you are a researcher, teacher or non-profit interested in working with us,   contact us today.  


sue-john‘The success of The Brilliant Club in the UK is credit to the simple, sustainable and scalable idea to recruit, train and place researchers into schools to deliver excellent enrichment opportunities. Jonathan & Simon’s vision and drive means 1 in 10 schools in England now benefit from the subject expertise of a PhD researcher. I am excited to see AccessEd unlock the potential of this model to improve outcomes for young people outside the UK’
Dame Sue John, Chair of Board of Trustees for The Brilliant Club UK