Nicola Rollock

Academic, Consultant and Public Speaker

Professor Nicola Rollock is a specialist racial justice in education and the workplace. She is author of a transformative new book – The Racial Code: tales of resistance and survival.

She is probably best known for her research on Black female professors and the related exhibition Phenomenal Women: portraits of UK Black female professors which went on display at London’s Southbank Centre in 2020 and the University of Cambridge in 2021.

In 2021, she was appointed as Professor of Social Policy and Race at King’s College London and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Senior Adviser on Race & Higher Education to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Cambridge.

In Summer 2020, she appeared as an expert contributor in the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 documentary The School That Tried to End Racism, which tracked a group of Year 7 pupils as they explored their racial bias.

Nicola is featured in apolitico’s list of 100 most influential academics in government and in 2020 was included, following nomination by Baroness Doreen Lawrence, in the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s list of Next Generation Trailblazers for “challenging prejudice and contributions to British society”. In 2019, she was selected by Times Higher journalists as one of 11 scholars globally to have influenced debates in higher education.

Her work has been featured across the press including the Guardian, British Vogue and the Financial Times.