Evaluation of the Realising Opportunities programme

Project: Other projectResearch collaboration

Project Details


This project is an independent evaluation of the Realising Opportunities Programme. Realising Opportunities (RO) is a widening participation programme which provides support for the ‘most able, least likely’ students (usually aged 16, 17 and 18) through interventions designed to raise aspirations and enable them to demonstrate their potential for success at a research intensive university (RIU). The Partnership began in 2009 with a three-year Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)-funded pilot involving 12 universities, becoming self-funding in 2012. There are now a total of 15 RIUs participating in the project.

This project will summarise findings from various sources (student attitude surveys, ‘progress’ surveys with student cohorts as they enter or leave university, a teacher survey, interviews with RO staff at participating universities, and statistical analyses of databases) in order to provide an independent overview of whether the programme has achieved its stated aims. The evaluation also makes extensive use of secondary data from a number of sources including the National Pupil Database.

This project builds upon previous evaluations carried out by the Institute for Effective Education (York), the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), and the consultancy group Critical Thinking.

Total funding awarded: £53,000.
Effective start/end date1/02/1630/06/16