Chaplaincy Lecture 2017

Chaplaincy Lecture 2017 'Faith and Education - Challenges and Contributions'


Francis Campbell delivered the Chaplaincy Lecture for 2017 on Friday 10th March at 5.30pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre, entitled 'Faith and Education – Challenges and Contributions’.

 Francis Campbell

Francis Campbell holds BA in Political Science and Scholastic Philosophy - Queens University Belfast; MA in European Integration - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; MA in International Relations - University of Pennsylvania, USA (Thouron Fellow)

He has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), the Pakistan Institute of Business and Technology (Karachi), and the President’s Medal from the Catholic University of America. He is also an Honorary Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.

He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a member of HM Diplomatic Service in 1997. Francis has worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, the European Union, the FCO, and in Italy. From 1999-2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No.10 Policy Unit, and then as a Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy. From 2005-2011 he served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. From 2011-13 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan. From 2013-2014 he was the Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UK Trade and Investment.

In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.St Mary's Twickenham logo

Francis is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, London. He serves as a governor of St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, and also of St. Elizabeth’s School in Richmond, Surrey. He is a trustee of Forward Thinking, a London based NGO and Think-Tank. Francis is a columnist for The Tablet magazine and is also a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.

He has lived in the United States, Poland, Belgium, Pakistan, Italy and Ireland. He speaks Italian and French. 


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