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Would you like to help a young student reach their full potential?

Become an E-mentor for the Realising Opportunities programme

Realising Opportunities (RO) is an innovative, national programme for Year 12 and 13 students involving some of the country’s leading research intensive universities. Students are recruited from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education. They follow a programme of activity and guidance through their post-16 studies to develop their skills to be successful at university.


We require a team of dedicated, proactive undergraduate ementors to work with students throughout their time on RO, following an interactive programme which underpins all RO activity and offers guidance with higher education applications and skills useful for current study. The team of ementors will be made up of students from each of the RO Partner universities - current university students are in the best position to assist RO students with their questions about higher education by sharing experiences, and using the resources provided by RO. Every month our ementors cover a different topic area such as study skills, university research, UCAS, personal statements and student finance as well as answering any questions RO students may have about what it is like to study at a research intensive university.

Ementoring is conducted securely through an online platform hosted by Brightside, providing a safe environment for discussion to take place. All of our ementors are trained and hold full DBS checks. The ementoring platform also gives students access to a wealth of resources and activities to help them to make informed choices about their future as well as developing skills that will help them to be successful.

The Ementor role
• To provide consistent, constructive support, information and guidance to a group of up to seven mentees in Year 12-13 (aged 16 – 19), using the secure, internet-based RO ementoring portal.
• To follow an established ementoring programme which involves:
• Working through pre-identified activities with mentees.

• Discussing identified topics with mentees.

• Discussing information provided on news feeds and forums.
• Contributing to specific forums with relevant information as requested by the RO Central Team and leading discussions on your area of study.
• To encourage mentees to consider applying to a research intensive university.
• To contribute to the raising of the confidence, self esteem and aspirations of mentees.

• To answer all questions with honesty and integrity.


“I remember how hard I found applying to university when I was in sixth form and I felt this was a great way to help ease that transition for others. I am also passionate about my course, my university and higher education in general and I wanted to pass this on while being informative and helpful for people. My written communication skills have improved so much as well as the way that I think about things when communicating to others as well. I have also met a lot of amazing people.”

Why apply to be an Ementor?
• You will receive full training (01/02/2017)
• You will develop new and existing skills.
• You will have additional experience to draw on when applying for graduate jobs.
• You can login wherever and whenever you choose, so it’s easy to fit ementoring into your busy schedule.
• You will gain the satisfaction of taking part in a structured scheme that makes a positive impact on the students taking part.


  • Recruitment event on Tuesday 22nd November 2016. You can choose between two slots:

either till or from 5pm till 6pm.

Select the slot you would like to attend when filling in the application form.

  • An all day training on Wednesday 1st February 2016 (location TBC)


Please fill in the application form here

and download the job description here

If you have any questions please contact Marie Diebolt