UK Black Female Professors

There are just 25 Black British female professors in UK universities – the smallest group of professors in terms of both race and gender. A new report entitled ‘Staying Power’ by Dr Nicola Rollock, the first study of its kind in the UK, delves into the experiences and challenges of this virtually invisible group of women.


Dr. Nicola Rollock, Reader in Equity & Education at Goldsmiths, shares the findings from her latest research on the career progression and experience of Black female professors in the UK.

staying power - the full report

When Dr. Rollock’s report released in February 2019, it was met with nationwide interest and brought with it a new and shocking spotlight on race within Higher Education.

Commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU), Staying Power reveals the culture of bullying and stereotyping forcing black academics to work harder and employ mentally draining strategies just to survive their daily roles and responsibilities.

Read the full study, which examines through one-to-one interviews, the experiences of 20 of the 25 UK Black female Professors. ‘Black’ in this context refers to those of African, Caribbean and other Black background.