Nicola Rollock is Professor of Social Policy & Race at King’s College London. She is also Senior Adviser
on Race & Higher Education to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and holds an
honorary position as Distinguished Fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Nicola is also Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs’ Select Committee’s Macpherson: 22 Years On
Inquiry and was previously a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Anti-racism Expert Group and of the
British Science Association’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group.
Nicola is probably best known for her research examining the career experiences of 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.
Nicola has also appeared as an expert contributor in the BAFTA-winning two-part Channel 4 documentary The school that tried to end racism which tracked a group of pupils as they explored their racial bias through a range of specially designed activities. Nicola has featured in Apolitico’s list of 100 most influencial academics in government and was included in the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s list of Next Generation Trailblazers for challenging prejudice and contributions to British society. Nicola was selected by Times Higher journalists as one of 11 scholars globally to have influenced the debate in higher education.
Nicola’s first sole-authored book The Racial Code will be published by Penguin Press in 2022.