Dr Nicola Rollock

Staff details

Position Reader in Equity & Education
Department Educational Studies
Email N.Rollock (@gold.ac.uk)
Twitter @NicolaRollock
Dr Nicola Rollock

Academic Qualifications

PhD Education, Institute of Education (London, UK) 2006
Postgraduate Certificate in the Theory of Family & Couple Therapy, Institute of Family Therapy/Birkbeck College (London, UK) 1997
Postgraduate Certificate in Family & Couple Therapy, Institute of Family Therapy/Birkbeck College (London, UK) 1996
Psychology BA Hons, University of Liverpool (Liverpool, UK) 1994

Teaching

I teach on undergraduate and graduate programmes on issues of race and racism, social class, intersectionality and education policy. I draw principally on Critical Race Theory and Bourdieu as main theoretical frameworks. I am currently working with the Equality Challenge Unit helping them in the design and delivery of a national programme called ‘Achieving race equality in higher education’.

Goldsmiths, University of London (Oct 2017 - Present)

Undergraduate BA Hons Education, Culture & Society: Dissertation, Module Lead (Year 3); Re-imagining Social Class, Module Lead (Year 3); Race & Representation in Popular Culture, Co-teaching (Year 3)

Postgraduate MA Education: Race, Culture & Identity (Module Lead)

University of Birmingham (August 2012 – August 2017)

Undergraduate BA Hons Education: Debating Matters: Controversial Issues in Education, Co Module Lead (Year 3); Education Policy & Social Justice, Module Lead (Year 2); Equality & Diversity, co-teaching (Year 1)

Postgraduate: Programme Director, MA Education (September 2016 – August 2017)

London Southbank University (Visiting Lecturer) (2011)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Teacher Training Programme  Session: Equality & Education

Goldsmiths College, London (Visiting Lecturer) Undergraduate (2011)
Session: Education, Culture & Society

Birmingham City University (Visiting Lecturer) PGCE (2008)
Undergraduate: Educational Issues in race & ethnicity (session)

Institute of Education, London (2007-2011)
Postgraduate MA MODULES: Sociology of Race & Education; Sociology of Education; Researching Inclusion.

London Metropolitan University (2005)
Undergraduate: Inequalities in Education (session)

Training

Equality Challenge Unit,Achieving Race Equality in Higher Education (current)

- I am working with ECU in the design and delivery of a national programme on race equality aimed at improving understanding and stimulating change across the sector

Runnymede TrustAchieving Race Equality in Schools (2003-08)
- I designed, won funding and delivered this bespoke teacher training programme to teachers across England.
- I won a commission from the government agency the Ministry of Defence to deliver the programme to teachers working at their bases in Germany and Cyprus.

Supervision

I welcome proposals which cover the following broad areas: race and racism; racial justice; identity;  social class; gender; intersectionality; education policy, occupational practice.

Ongoing
April-Louise Pennant, Doctorate (PhD):
Economic & Social Research Council 1+3 Studentship - The Educational Trajectories of Black British females in the UK.  

Completed
Karen Graham, Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD):
How school prepares men for prison: the lifestories of eleven former prisoners (Jan. 2015).

Research Projects

The Career Experiences and Strategies of UK’s Black female Professors, £15,000, Principal Investigator
Amount: £15,000
Funder: UCU

Selected previous:

Race, Racism and Education: inequality, resilience and reform in policy and practice
Co-investigator
Amount: £250,000
Funder: Society for Educational Studies

The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Class
Co-investigator
Amount: £280,000
Funder: ESRC (RES-062-23-1880)

Recent Publications

Books

Rollock, N., Gillborn, D., Vincent, C. & Ball, S. (2015) The Colour of Class: The Educational Strategies of the Black middle classes. London & New York: Routledge.

  • Winner, 2nd Prize Society for Educational Studies Annual Book Awards 2016

Book Chapters

Rollock, N. (forthcoming 2017) The Heart of Whiteness: Racial gesture politics, equity and higher education, in J. Arday (Ed.) Race and Higher Education, London: Palgrave Macmillan;

Rollock, N. (2016) Letter to my Unborn Daughter, My career in the academy – reasons for my mental breakdown, in G. Ladson-Billings & W. Tate (Eds) Covenant Keeper: Derrick Bell’s Enduring Education Legacy, New York: Peter Lang.

Articles

Rollock, N. & Dixson, A. (2016) Critical Race Theory in N.Naples, R.C.Hoogland, M.Wickramsinghe & A.Wong (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Wiley-Blackwell; 

Rollock, N. (2014) Race, Class and the ‘Harmony of Dispositions’, Sociology, 48 (3), pp445-451

Rollock, N. (2013) A political investment: revisiting race and racism in the research process. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 34 (4), pp492-509

Rollock, N., Vincent, C., Ball, S. & Gillborn, D. (2013) ‘Middle class by profession’: Class status and identification amongst the Black middle classes. Ethnicities, 13(3), pp253-275

Gillborn, D., Rollock, N., Vincent, C. & Ball, S. (2012) ‘You got a pass, so what more do you want?’ race, class and gender intersections in the educational experiences of the Black middle class. Special issue: Critical race theory in England, Race Ethnicity & Education, 15 (1), pp.121-139

Rollock, N. (2012) The Invisibility of race: Intersectional reflections on the liminal space of alterity. Special issue: Critical race theory in England, Race Ethnicity & Education, 15 (1), pp 65-84

Vincent, C., Rollock, N., Ball, S. & Gillborn, D. (2012) Being strategic, being watchful, being determined: Black middle class parents and schooling, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33 (3), pp 337-354

Ball, S., Rollock, N., Vincent, C. & Gillborn, D. (2011) Social mix, schooling and intersectionality: identity and risk for Black middle class families, Research Papers in Education, 28(3), pp265-288

Rollock, N. (2011) Unspoken rules of engagement: navigating racial microaggressions in the academic terrain. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 25 (5), pp 517-532

Rollock, N., Gillborn, D., Ball, S. & Vincent, C. (2011) The Public Identities of the Black middle classes: managing race in public spaces. Sociology, 45 (6), pp1078-1093

Newspaper articles & online media (selected)

Rollock, N. (2017) Theresa May’s racial disparity audit lacks historical context, Financial Times, 12 October https://www.ft.com/content/47433a4e-ae8c-11e7-aab9-abaa44b1e130

Rollock, N. (2015) Why is it so hard to talk about race in UK universities? The Conversation, 9 February, https://theconversation.com/why-is-it-so-hard-to-talk-about-race-in-uk-universities-37299

Rollock, N. (2014) The racism talk: how Black middle class parents are warning their children, The Conversation, 27 October, https://theconversation.com/the-racism-talk-how-black-middle-class-parents-are-warning-their-children-33221

Interview & Media Appearance (selected)

Shirley Mcalpine Interview (2017)And Still I Rise – the Woman who talks about race, 26 May http://shirleymcalpine.com/dr-nicola-rollock/

Open Democracy (2017) British Academia’s colourblind problem, 10 March, https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/ch-ramsden-nicola-rollock/british-academias-colourblind-problem-interview-with-dr-nicola-rolloc

Changing People Online Blogpost (2017) Inspirational Women – Dr Nicola Rollock, February, http://www.changingpeople.co.uk/2017/inspirational-women-dr-nicola-rollock/

BBC One The Big Questions’ (2016) Guest panelist in relation to the motion: Are White Working Class boys discriminated against? June

BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (2015) Provided guest feedback on programmes broadcast as part of Listeners’ Week, 29 November, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04stc65

Award

Precious Award for Outstanding Woman in Professional Services for contributions to race equality (2016)

Recognised as a Woman of Achievement by the Women of the Year Council (2015)

Prestigious Roles & Appointments

Whiteness & Education Journal,Editor;
British Educational Research Association (BERA) Trustee
Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter; Patron
Wellcome Trust Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group.Member
Sociology Journal Board Member             

Membership

British Educational Research Association
British Sociological Association
Royal Television Society
Society of Authors

Publications

Book

Gillborn, David; Dixson, Adrienne; Ladson-Billings, Gloria; Parker, Laurence; Rollock, Nicola and Warmington, Paul. 2018. Critical Race Theory in Education. United States: Routledge. ISBN 9781138848276

Rollock, Nicola; Gillborn, David; Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen. 2014. The Colour of Class: the educational strategies of the Black middle classes. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781317583905

Book Section

Rollock, Nicola. 2016. Letter to my Unborn daughter. My Career in the Academy - reasons for my mental breakdown. In: Gloria Ladson-Billings and William Tate, eds. Covenant Keeper: Derrick Bell’s Enduring Education Legacy. Peter Lang, pp. 111-128. ISBN 978-1433130342

Gillborn, David; Rollock, Nicola; Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen. 2015. The black middle classes, education, racism, and dis/Ability: an intersectional analysis. In: David J. Connor; Beth A. Ferri and Subini A. Annamma, eds. Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education. Teachers College Press, pp. 35-54. ISBN 9780807756683

Article

Gillborn, David; Demack, Sean; Rollock, Nicola and Warmington, Paul. 2017. Moving the goalposts: education policy and 25 years of the Black/White achievement gap. British Educational Research Journal, 43(5), pp. 848-874. ISSN 0141-1926

Warmington, Paul; Gillborn, David; Rollock, Nicola and Demack, Sean. 2017. “They can’t handle the race agenda”: stakeholders’ reflections on race and education policy, 1993–2013. Educational Review, 70(4), pp. 409-426. ISSN 0013-1911

Skinner, David; May, Vanessa and Rollock, Nicola. 2016. Self-Identity and Its Discontents: Sociology in the 1990s. Sociology, 50(6), NP13-NP23. ISSN 0038-0385

Rollock, Nicola. 2014. Race, Class and ‘The Harmony of Dispositions’. Sociology, 48(3), pp. 445-451. ISSN 0038-0385

Rollock, Nicola. 2013. A political investment: revisiting race and racism in the research process. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 34(4), pp. 492-509. ISSN 0159-6306

Rollock, Nicola. 2013. A political investment: revisiting race and racism in the research process. Discourse, 34(4), pp. 492-509. ISSN 0159-6306

Rollock, Nicola; Vincent, Carol; Gillborn, David and Ball, Stephen. 2013. ‘Middle class by profession’: Class status and identification amongst the Black middle classes. Ethnicities, 13(3), pp. 253-275. ISSN 1468-7968

Rollock, Nicola; Vincent, Carol; Gillborn, David and Ball, Stephen. 2013. ‘Middle class by profession’: Class status and identification amongst the Black middle classes. Ethnicities, 13(3), pp. 253-275. ISSN 1468-7968

Rollock, Nicola. 2012. The invisibility of race: intersectional reflections on the liminal space of alterity. Race Ethnicity and Education, 15(1), pp. 65-84. ISSN 1361-3324

Rollock, Nicola. 2012. The invisibility of race: intersectional reflections on the liminal space of alterity. Race Ethnicity & Education, 15(1), pp. 65-84. ISSN 1361-3324

Gillborn, David; Rollock, Nicola; Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen. 2012. `You got a pass, so what more do you want?': race, class and gender intersections in the educational experiences of the Black middle class. Race Ethnicity and Education, 15(1), pp. 121-139. ISSN 1361-3324

Rollock, Nicola. 2011. Social mix, schooling and intersectionality: identity and risk for Black middle class families. Research Papers in Education, 28(3), ISSN 0267-1522

Rollock, Nicola; Gillborn, David; Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen. 2011. The Public Identities of the Black Middle Classes: Managing Race in Public Spaces. Sociology, 45(6), pp. 1078-1093. ISSN 0038-0385

Rollock, Nicola. 2011. Unspoken rules of engagement: navigating racial microaggressions in the academic terrain. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 25(5), pp. 517-532. ISSN 0951-8398

Other

Rollock, Nicola. 2015. Why is it so hard to talk about race in UK universities?. The Conversation, UK.

Rollock, Nicola. 2014. The racism talk: how Black middle class parents are warning their children. The Conversation.

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