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Impact Report


Programme elements


Events & Activities

Students attend a range of events and activities

including the RO Local Launch at their host

university and the RO National Student Conference

where students meet representatives from all Partner

universities. Students are also offered a wide range

of events and activities across the partnership such

as subject taster days, residential summer schools,

master classes and Open Days.

The range of events and activities aims to promote

the national feel of RO, and encourage geographic

mobility. Together they are designed to build

students’ confidence, foster a sense of belonging to

RO, upskill students, encourage informed choices

and raise awareness of RIUs. Students can attend

as many events as they like, with travel costs

supported. This is a unique opportunity to visit RIUs

across England.


Students are supported by an undergraduate

student ementor from one of the Partner universities

and they follow a detailed online programme of

activities and conversation. Students also have

access to a huge range of resources, activities and

information on the ementoring portal, including ‘Ask

the Expert’ featuring a professional each month who

answers students’ questions about their industry

and career, and offers advice.

Ementoring provides students with structured

support covering key topics at key times – such

as student finance, higher education research

and UCAS applications. Crucially, ementoring

offers students access to someone with first-hand

experience of studying at an RIU and who can

answer their questions and offer a peer perspective,

and be a positive role model.

Students who recently completed the RO Programme said:

‘I enjoyed the whole RO

programme and it has

helped immensely with the

skills that I have as well

as helping me to learn

about research intensive


‘I have developed a lot

of skills through this

programme and learnt

that I shouldn’t allow my

background to prevent me

from aiming high’

‘I think it is a really

good programme as it

guides us through what

university will be like and

what is expected from

us, it has helped me to

become a better student

and a more motivated