About Realising Opportunities


Realising Opportunities (RO) is a unique collaboration of leading, research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups under represented in higher education.

Realising Opportunities was launched in August 2009 and was funded for a three year pilot phase by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS).

Following the pilot the RO universities committed direct funding to the Partnership.

The RO Programme provides able students with skills and information to help them not only make informed decisions about their future and to raise their aspirations to progress to a leading research intensive university, but to support their current work in school/college. Students are supported throughout the Programme by their local RO university and a dedicated ementor who is a current student at one of the RO universities. Successful completion of the RO Programme gives students the opportunity to have their achievements recognised through UCAS, resulting in additional consideration and the potential for alternative offers from the RO universities.

To find out more about the recognition offered by the RO universities please refer to the Recognition Guide on the Resources page.

RO has a robust evaluation framework which not only tracks students through the programme and their HE applications but aims to understand the impact the programme has had on participating students.

See below for some video testimonials from students and ementors on the programme.

Student endorsement

Ementor endorsement

Realising Opportunities has really pushed me to believe in myself and apply to research intensive universities. Being able to visit different universities and try out things I wouldn’t be able to do at school was an asset to add to my personal statement as well as an amazing experience

Testimonial Realising Opportunities Student
Realising Opportunities Student