Dr Nicola Rollock

Dr Nicola Rollock is an academic, consultant and public speaker specialising in racial justice in education and the workplace. She was selected, in 2019, by Times Higher Education journalists as one of 11 scholars globally to have influenced the debate in higher education.

Nicola’s research challenges conventional thinking on race by focusing on under-examined areas such as Black students and academic success, the educational strategies of the Black middle classes and the career experiences of UK Black female professors.  Her work has been widely covered by the press including the BBC, the Financial TimesThe Guardian, British Vogue, Stylist magazine and the Times Higher.

Nicola holds a number of advisory appointments. She is Specialist Advisor to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Macpherson: 21 Years On Inquiry, a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and, is part of the British Science Association’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee. She also appeared, in 2020, as an expert contributor in the two-part Channel 4 documentary The school that tried to end racism.

She is co-author of The Colour of Class: the educational strategies of the Black middle classes which documents, for the first time in the UK, the educational experiences of British Black middle-class families. Her first sole authored book The Racial Code will be published by Allen Lane in 2021 and takes an innovative approach to examining the casual nature of everyday racism and its prevalence.


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