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Annual Race Lecture 2020 Race and racism in the age of Covid: A cause for hope? In conversation with Dr Nicola Rollock

  • 16.00 - 17.30
  • 20 Oct 2020
Annual Race Lecture 2020 Race and racism in the age of Covid: A cause for hope? In conversation with Dr Nicola Rollock

For this year’s Annual Race Lecture Dr Rollock will be in conversation with Professor Kevin Hylton.

We are marking Black History Month with a series of events throughout October. The headline event is the Annual Race Lecture on 20 October. 

'Race and racism in the age of COVID: a cause for hope?' will be delivered by Dr Nicola Rollock (pictured) in conversation with Professor Kevin Hylton. They will reflect on some of the challenges and trends on race and racism to emerge over the last year and consider the implications for the higher education sector.

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Dr Nicola Rollock

Dr Nicola Rollock is an academic, consultant and public speaker specialising in racial justice in education and the workplace. Her research challenges conventional thinking on race by focusing on under-examined areas such as the educational strategies of the Black middle classes and the career strategies of UK Black female professors.  She is Research Director and curator of Phenomenal Women: portraits of UK Black female professors, the first ever exhibition to showcase the contributions of this under-represented group. Her work on the subject has been widely covered by the press including the BBC, The Guardian, British Vogue, Stylist magazine and WonkHE.  
Nicola holds a number of advisory appointments. She is Specialist Advisor to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Macpherson: 21 years on Inquiry, a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and, of the British Science Association’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group.
As well as writing academically, Nicola has written for The Guardian and The Financial Times and, in Summer 2020, appeared as an expert contributor in the two-part Channel 4 documentary The school that tried to end racism.
She was selected, in December 2019, by Times Higher journalists as one of 11 scholars globally to have influenced the debate in higher education.

Professor Emeritus Kevin Hylton PhD

Kevin Hylton is Professor Emeritus of Equality and Diversity in Sport and Education and was formerly Head of the Research Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and inaugural Chair of the LBU Race Equality and Diversity Forum. Kevin is the first Black Professor in over 75 years of Carnegie history. Kevin’s research is world-leading in regard to race and social justice research in sport and education. Kevin wrote the first book worldwide on critical race theory and sport ‘Race’ and Sport: Critical Race Theory (Routledge, 2009), and Contesting ‘Race’ and Sport: Shaming the Colour Line (Routledge, 2018). Kevin is Co-Editor of the Routledge Critical Series on Equality and Social Justice in Sport and Leisure. Kevin is Chair of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission, Patron of the Advance HE/Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter. Kevin is also a member of the Sport England Talent inclusion Advisory Group and Board Member for two international journals. Kevin was recently announced as a judge for the Guardian University Awards 2020.