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Realising Opportunities (RO)

Realising Opportunities (RO) is a unique collaboration of leading, research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access for those groups under-represented in Higher Education. You will be supported throughout the programme by your local RO university and a dedicated ementor who is a current student at one of the RO universities.

The RO programme provides you with skills and information to help not only make informed decisions about your future and to raise your aspirations to progress to a leading research intensive university, but to support your current work in school/college.

Successful completion of the RO programme will give you the opportunity to have your achievements recognised through UCAS, resulting in additional consideration and the potential for alternative offers from the RO universities.

Participating schools, colleges and pupils are identified on the basis of Widening Participation criteria.

What is involved?

Realising Opportunities (RO) is a two year programme over Year 12 and 13. The structured and interactive Realising Opportunities (RO) Programme will help you develop your academic skills, improve your awareness of Higher Education and knowledge of how to apply to university. It will also give you increased access to the RO universities through events and activities.

  • Local Launch - The Local Launch event provides an introduction to Realising Opportunities and the types of activities and events you will take part in.
  • E-mentoring - Each student is matched to a current student at one of the RO universities. E-mentoring offers support, advice and guidance throughout the programme.
  • National Student Conference - The event is attended by RO students from across the country. Students get to meet your e-mentor, attend skills based workshops and meet representatives from all the RO universities.
  • Skills4uni - This online study module and test helps to develop key academic skills that will be useful in both A Level work and at university.
  • Academic Element - The Academic Element demonstrates you have the ability to complete an independent piece of research. It is made up of either the EPQ or the RO Academic Assignment.
  • Events and Activites - You will have access to events and activities at all of the RO universities around the country as well as residential opportunities.
  • Access to Professions - RO provides lots of great ways to find out more about professions and career options from meeting employers at the National Student Conference to following a dedicated coaching programme online.
Who can participate?

To take part in the Realising Opportunities (RO) programme you must meet the eligibility criteria.

Visit the Realising Opportunities website (Eligibility tab) for full and up-to-date participation criteria.

Realising Opportunities website

How to apply

Recruitment takes place in the Autumn term, from September to early November. We will contact all eligible schools within our recruitment target in the preceding Summer term to establish and update teacher contacts.

Speak to your Head of Year/Sixth Form or College tutor to find out if your school/college is participating in RO.

Realising Opportunities website