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Professor Nicola Rollock

Professor Rollock is a consultant and author who stands out for her ability to cut through the noise of current debates around racism with academic rigour, forensic analysis and precision. She works cross-sector with policymakers and organisations as a strategic advisor, cultural consultant and public speaker. Clients include corporates and financial institutions such as Moody’s, Morgan Stanley and The Financial Times.


About Professor Nicola Rollock

Nicola Rollock is Professor of Social Policy & Race at King’s College London and Distinguished Fellow, Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in how we think about and understand racism as a basis for fostering meaningful change.  She is also founder and Director of NIANRO Consulting a boutique research agency specialising in innovative racial equity research and advice and, author of The Racial Code: tales of resistance and survival published by Penguin Press.

Professor Rollock was Cultural Consultant to the Young Vic’s production of Beneatha’s Place and previously Specialist Advisor to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry ‘The Macpherson Report: 22 Years On’. She has also held advisory roles with the University of Cambridge, the Wellcome Trust and the British Science Association.

Professor Rollock is probably best known for her research into the career experiences of Black female professors and the related exhibition ‘Phenomenal Women’ which went on display at London’s Southbank Centre and, for her role as academic expert in the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 documentary The School That Tried to End Racism.

She has made recent appearances on BBC Politics Live, BBC R4 Woman’s Hour and France24 Live and, as well as writing academically, her work has featured in The Financial Times, British Vogue and The Guardian.

Professor Rollock’s work is highly regarded both within and outside of the academy as reflected by a series of accolades. She is featured as one of 50 WeAreTheCity’s HSBC-sponsored Trailblazers for her contributions to gender and racial equity.  In 2021, she was selected by apolitico as one of the 100 most influential academics in politics; in 2020, following an endorsement by Baroness
Doreen Lawrence, she was included in the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s list of Next Generation Trailblazers for challenging prejudice and contributions to British society and in 2019, was selected by Times Higher Education journalists as one of the ‘people of the year’, from across the globe, who impacted on higher education.

Speech Topics
  • Survival strategies for Black employees
  • White allyship
  • Approaches to advancing racial justice
  • Subtle forms of racism and racial microaggressions
  • The career strategies & experiences of Black female professors
  • Studying for a degree or PhD – accessing and navigating higher education

Here you can find links to books by Professor Rollock. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

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"I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for agreeing to take part in Friday’s event…. In particular, the audience feedback has praised your honest approach and the engaging and sometimes hard-hitting conversation."

Morgan Stanley

"Nicola was fantastic and it was a really interesting and thought-provoking discussion."

British Medical Association Women’s Network ‘Power of Inclusion’

"Nicola was excellent…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 a Q and A with me putting the questions) really helped to provoke honest and open reflection."

Professor Andrew Harrison OBE FRSE FRSC Chief Executive, Diamond Light

"Last night's event with Professor Rollock was a huge success! We've had some amazing feedback from our members, both those who attended live and online. Professor Rollock spoke brilliantly and conveyed the concepts, ideas and stories in the book so well. As of this morning, we sold out all of our copies and many more members have got in touch asking for the full recording link. Thank you so much Nicola for spending the evening with us at Trouble, it was a real honour to learn more about your work."

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Nicola Rollock joins judging panel for Women's Prize for Non-Fiction

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Keynote Speaker Professor Nicola Rollock Appointed to the London Policing Board

Aug 08, 2023

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