Dr Nicola Rollock

Staff details

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

I lead a programme of work that sits under the heading ‘Racial Justice Goldsmiths’. This includes managing the development of a ‘Liberating Goldsmiths Database’; ensuring the successful roll out of a race audit to identify our strengths and areas of development as an institution and, acting as Chair to a working group charged with identifying and recruiting a provider to train Goldsmiths staff on anti-racist practice. I work with colleagues at all levels of the university and Students’ Union. The ultimate aim is to help increase staff understanding of racial justice and to improve the experiences and outcomes of Black and minority ethnic staff and students.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Education (Institute of Education, London, UK) 2006
  • Postgraduate Certificate in 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
  • BA Hons, Psychology (University of Liverpool, UK) 1994

Research interests

I am interested in racial justice in education and the workplace and, in particular, the manifestation of everyday forms of racism and how racially minoritised groups negotiate and navigate these spaces. Theoretically, I am mainly informed by Critical Race Theory and Bourdieu so issues of power, intersectionality and whiteness are central to my analyses.

Supervision
I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students that speak broadly to any of the above areas. Inquiries should be in the form of a 2-page summary indicating the proposed area of study, why this area requires examination, the anticipated methodology and findings and likely significance of the work. Prospective candidates should also explain why they wish to study at Goldsmiths.

Consultancy & advisory roles
I have a number of additional roles outside of Goldsmiths.

I was Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Macpherson Inquiry: 20 Years’ On between January and November 2019.

I am a member of the Wellcome Trust's Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and of the British Science Association's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group.

I also give regular keynote addresses and sit on panels across the UK and for organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors.

TRAINING
I worked with the Equality Challenge Unit (now AdvanceHE) to design their two-day training programme 'Leading race equality in higher education'.

I continue to work with them to deliver the programme to higher education colleagues across the UK. Please contact AdvanceHE directly for further information.

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

Edited Book

Rollock, Nicola, ed. 2003. Complementing Teachers: a practical guide to promoting race equality in schools. Runnymede Trust and Letts Education. ISBN 1840859121

Book Section

Rollock, Nicola. 2020. Pursuing Racial Justice within Higher Education: Is Conflict Inevitable? In: Andrew Brown and Emma Wisby, eds. Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Education and the Struggle for Social Justice: Essays Inspired by the Work of Geoff Whitty. London: UCL Press, pp. 149-164. ISBN 9781782772774

Rollock, Nicola. 2018. The Heart of Whiteness: Racial gesture politics, equity and higher education. In: Jason Arday and Heidi Safia Mirza, eds. Dismantling Race in Higher Education Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 313-330. ISBN 978-3-319-60260-8

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

Rollock, Nicola. 2009. Educational Policy and the impact of the Lawrence Inquiry: the view from another sector. In: Nathan Hall; John Grieve and Stephen P. Savage, eds. Policing and the Legacy of Lawrence. Routledge (Willan Publishing). ISBN 978-1843925064

Article

Rollock, Nicola. 2019. ‘I would have become wallpaper if racism had its way’: Black female professors, racial battle fatigue, and strategies for surviving higher education. Peabody Journal of Education, ISSN 0161-956X

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

Vincent, Carol; Ball, Stephen; Rollock, Nicola and Gillborn, David. 2013. Three generations of racism: Black middle-class children and schooling. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34(5-6), ISSN 0142-5692

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

Vincent, Carol; Rollock, Nicola; Ball, Stephen and Gillborn, David. 2013. Raising Middle-class Black Children: Parenting Priorities, Actions and Strategies. Sociology, 47(3), pp. 427-442. ISSN 0038-0385

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

Vincent, Carol; Rollock, Nicola; Ball, Stephen and Gillborn, David. 2012. Being strategic, being watchful, being determined: Black middle- class parents and schooling. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33(3), pp. 337-354. ISSN 0142-5692

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

Rollock, Nicola. 2007. Why Black girls don’t matter: exploring how race and gender shape academic success in an inner city school. Support for Learning, 22(4), pp. 197-202. ISSN 0268-2141

Rollock, Nicola. 2007. Legitimizing Black academic failure: deconstructing staff discourses on academic success, appearance and behaviour. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 17(3), pp. 275-287. ISSN 0962-0214

Report

Rollock, Nicola. 2019. Staying power: the career experiences and strategies of UK Black female Professors. Project Report. UCU, London.

Rollock, Nicola. 2016. Independent review into the allegation of institutional racism in NUS. Technical Report. National Union of Students, London.

Rollock, Nicola. 2009. School Governors and Race Equality in 21st Century Schools. Project Report. Runnymede Trust.

Rollock, Nicola. 2009. The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 10 Years On: an analysis of the literature. Technical Report. Runnymede Trust, London.

Rollock, Nicola. 2007. Failure by Any Other Name? – Educational Policy and the Continuing Struggle for Black Academic Success. Project Report. Runnymede Trust.

Maylor, Uvanney; Ross, Alistair; Rollock, Nicola and Williams, Katya. 2006. Black teachers in London. Project Report. Greater London Authority.

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.

Further profile content

Media engagements

2019: Universities engage with race in superficial ways, The Guardian
My response, along with other leading scholars, to the report by the Equalities & Human Rights Commission on racial harassment in higher education

2019: We urgently need more Black female professors, British Vogue
This article summarises key findings of my research on Black female Professors for a non-academic audience.

2017: Theresa May’s racial disparity audit lacks historical context, Financial Times
My response to the government's decision to establish a race disparity audit.

Conferences and talks

2019: Time to get serious: how can we solve higher education’s diversity problem?, Times Higher LIVE
Chair, Gary Loke (AdvanceHE) and co-panellists Dr Jess Wade (Imperial); Dr Jason Arday (Durham)

2019: The Rules of Engagement: navigating and surviving UK higher education, Francis Crick Institute, London
Keynote address to postgraduates and scholars of colour at an early stage in their career. Organised by #MinoritiesinSTEM

2019: An unequal feminism: white women and the career experiences of Black female Professors, University of Salford
This keynote, delivered as part of the University's Black History Month programme, drew on the findings of my research on Black female Professors.

2019: By any means necessary? Black Female Professors' Strategies for Surviving Higher Education, University of Newcastle
Newcastle University Women’s Annual Lecture 2019

Grants and awards

2019: An analysis of applications to AdvanceHE's Race Equality Charter, 2015-2019.
This project examines the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful university applications for the Race Equality Charter to support AdvanceHE's internal review of the award.

2019: Phenomenal Women: portraits of UK Black female Professors
I am have commissioned the photographer Bill Knight OBE to take portraits of the UK's Black female Professors. Details to follow.

Markers of esteem (selected)

Times Higher
I was selected by Times Higher journalists as one of the 'people who mattered in 2019' for my work on racial justice in higher education: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/people-year-who-mattered-higher-education-in2019

The PowerList
In 2019 I joined the judging panel for the Powerlist, an annual publication of Britain's most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage. https://www.powerlist.co.uk/meet-the-panel

National Diversity Awards 2018
I was nominated under the positive role model category for race, religion, faith.

Society for Educational Studies' Annual Book Prize 2016
I was winner (with Carol Vincent, David Gillborn & Stephen Ball) of 2nd Prize Society for Educational Studies Book Award for 'The Colour of Class: the Educational Strategies of the Black middle classes'. https://soc-for-ed-studies.org.uk/prizes-grants-and-applications/annual-book-prizes/

PRECIOUS Award 2016
The PRECIOUS Awards recognise the achievements and success of women of colour. I was the winner of the 2016 Award for Outstanding Woman in Professional Services for contributions to race equality http://preciouslondon.co.uk/10th-annual-precious-awards-meet-the-winners

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