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Professor Nicola Rollock

Professor Nicola Rollock

Professor Nicola Rollock is a consultant, academic and inspirational public speaker, specialising in racism and racial justice in educational establishments and the workplace.

She is author of a transformative new book – The Racial Code: tales of resistance and survival (2022).

She is best known for her research on black female professors. In 2018, there were just 25 black British female professors in UK universities. Nicola took an interest in this and produced a report entitled Staying Power which delved into the challenges of this minority group of women. The findings of the report had ripple effects and even featured in the likes of The Guardian, The Times Higher Educational Supplement, Vogue and Stylist. In 2019, she commissioned a photographer to take portraits of these women, and the exhibition ‘Phenomenal Women’ was displayed at London’s Southbank Centre in 2020.

In 2021, Nicola Rollock was appointed as Professor of Social Policy and Race at King’s College London. This appointment expanded on Nicola’s own ground-breaking work examining the workplace experiences of black female professors in the UK.

Thanks to her passion in the subject, she was included in the Powerlist of the most influential black Britons, was selected by Apolitico as one of the 100 most influential academics in politics in 2021, and was recognised by the PRECIOUS award for her work in racial equality.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book racial justice academic and speaker Professor Nicola Rollock for your next event.

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Testimonials

Nicola was fantastic and it was a really interesting and thought-provoking discussion.
British Medical Association Women’s Network – Power of Inclusion 2021

The REC leadership team at UEL, and the institution as a whole, would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your time and knowledge sharing at our event. It was an enlightening and insightful session, which has in no doubt advanced the knowledge of attendees, and especially the REC SAT, on race equality issues in the UK and especially in higher education institutions.
University of East London

Nicola was excellent and the initial feedback has been very good too. She was not only very stimulating and enlightening with regard to the points she put across, but the way in which she suggested we tried a different approach (based more around a two-way discussion with me, rather than a A&E with me putting the questions) really helped to provoke honest and open reflection.
Professor Andrew Harrison, OBE, FRSE, FRSC CEO, Diamond Light Source Ltd.

[Nicola] has inspired me over the years because of all of the work she’s done around race relations and, more importantly, what’s happening within education. Her latest work within the UK is looking at how many black women are professors in this country. Nicola is passionate about the critical role of education to inspire young black women to achieve their potential. I admire Nicola for her consistent work around anti-racism, equality and inclusion.
Baroness Doreen Lawrence 

Your talk is something that has really stayed with me and it has made me strongly reflect on my own privilege and experiences over my life course so far. You have also inspired aspects of my research, such thinking more carefully about the strategies that women put in place regarding their workplace experiences and to look more closely into the emotional impact of these strategies. I wanted to thank you because I think that it can be easy to underestimated the impact that we can have on other people and I am grateful for how you have shaped my research and my own awareness of academia.
Doctoral Researcher 2019

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