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Realising
Opportunities

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

10,000+

students in total have taken part in Realising Opportunities

90%

of RO students have parents with no experience of HE

53%

of RO students are entitled to discretionary payments

29%

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.

Professionals

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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Realising Opportunities Blog

  • RO Relaunch Tuesday – Partner university spotlight
    Not sure what the RO Relaunch is? Check out this introduction to the RO Relaunch post. University of Birmingham Why Birmingham? The University of Birmingham is an official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, building on the university’s track record in sports science research. The vibrant campus will welcome athletes and spectators to the Games taking place in world-class […]
  • RO Live Q&A replay- RO Relaunch Monday
    Here you can find all of the questions asked and answers given during the RO Live Q&A on Monday 20 September 2021.
  • RO Relaunch Monday – University applications and personal statements
    Not sure what the RO Relaunch is? Check out this introduction to the RO Relaunch post. Applying to university When applying to university, you will use an online service called UCAS where you will find all the relevant and up to date information you will need for the application process. Learn everything you need to know about applying to the […]

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

Nawaal, Former RO student