Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL)

  • R Researcher


The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge pioneers research into overcoming barriers to education, such as poverty, gender, ethnicity, language and disability, particularly in countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Working in partnership with research institutions and non-academic stakeholders in these contexts, the REAL Centre aims to use this evidence to achieve impact in policy and practice.

Primary Functions

  • Research - other
  • Research - policy analysis
  • Research - project evaluation

Secondary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy
  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Networking/Convening

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Post-secondary
  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Early childhood development
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Social and emotional learning


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Funders and partners Back to Top

Current girls’ education funders

Current girls' education partners

Locations and contact information Back to Top


Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL)

Headquarters location(s)

  • Cambridge, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Office location(s)

  • N/A


Pauline Rose
Director, REAL Centre
Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL)

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania

Projects Back to Top

Not applicable or unknown