Realising Opportunities

UCL is a member of Realising Opportunities (RO), a unique collaboration of 15 leading, research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups under-represented in higher education.

The RO Programme provides skills development opportunities and information to help students to make informed decisions about their future; supports students in their current work at school/college; and enables students to demonstrate their potential for success at a research-intensive university.


The structured and interactive Realising Opportunities (RO) Programme will help you to develop your academic skills, improve your awareness of higher education and your knowledge of how to apply to university. It will also give you increased access to the RO universities through events and activities.

Local Launch: Students on the programme will attend a Launch Event held at UCL in January which will fully introduce students to the programme.

Ementoring: Each student is matched to a current university student at one of the RO universities. Ementoring offers support, advice and guidance throughout the Programme.

National Student Conference: Students get to meet their ementor, 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 students 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 Activities: Students 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.

Click here to view our eligibility criteria requirements

By completing the RO Programme you will benefit from the following:

Additional Consideration

  • All RO universities will give additional consideration to your UCAS application

Alternative offer

  • The majority of RO universities will give you an alternative offer worth up to two A level grades lower
  • Please refer to the Recognition Guide on the Resources page for more information about this.

Skills Development

  • You will develop a range of skills to help you with your current studies and for your future studies at university
  • You will undertake an independent piece of research as part of the Programme which will develop your skills in researching, planning, critical thinking, analysis and referencing

Advice for your future

  • You will gain an understanding of research intensive universities and have increased access to the RO universities including the opportunity to attend events and activities such as master classes and residential visits
  • You will receive support from a dedicated ementor who is a current student at one of the RO universities as well as access to a wide range of resources and activities on the ementoring site

Access to careers information

  • You will have access to professionals who will offer you career advice and information
Year 12

Realising Opportunities Launch January 2018

Held at UCL campus, successful applicants will receieve an invitation with all the details before the Christmas holiday.

National Student Conference 2018

You will receive an invitation from the Central Team closer to the time of the conference

Year 13

Further information about events will be available shortly

For further information about the programme please email realising.opportunities@ucl.ac.uk.