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

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“Realising Opportunites has encouraged me to work harder to achieve the grades I want so I can get into a research intensive university”

Former RO Student

Improving access for the most able but least likely


students in total have taken part in Realising Opportunities


of RO students have parents with no experience of HE


of RO students are entitled to discretionary payments


of RO students are in receipt of or entitled to free school meals

RO students

If you are applying to RO please click here for more information

Current RO students can find links to the RO student hub, the RO Online Community and useful programme resources via the menu at the top of the homepage.

Schools & Colleges

Are you supporting RO students who are applying for a place on RO? Click on the link above to find out more information about the programme and how you can support students in applying and when they are on programme.

Parents & Carers

Are you a parent/carer of a student who is applying for a place on the programme? Click on the link above to find out more information about the programme and how you can support your young person in applying to the programme.


If you think your experiences as a professional or your company/organisation could support the RO programme in some way then click on the link above to find out more about how RO works with professionals.

Research & Evaluation

RO has a robust evaluation framework in place to build an evidence base for the work of the Partnership.

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“RO really taught me new skills that I can take to university and everywhere in life”

Nawaal, Former RO student