Vice-Chancellor of St Mary's University to deliver University of Leicester annual Chaplaincy Lecture in silver jubilee year

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Francis Campbell to speak on faith and education at public event on Friday 10 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 March 2017

British diplomat and academic Francis Campbell will deliver this year’s Chaplaincy Lecture at the University of Leicester.

The lecture, 'Faith and Education – Challenges and Contributions’ will be delivered by Mr Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of St Mary's University, Twickenham, and a former British Ambassador to the Holy See, on Friday 10 March 2017 at the University of Leicester.

The Chaplaincy Lecture has been an annual feature of the University's calendar dating back almost to the opening of the Gatehouse Chaplaincy Centre in October 1991.

Father David Rocks, Roman Catholic chaplain to the University of Leicester, said: “This academic year is the 25th anniversary of the Chaplaincy and the annual lecture is an important date in our calendar.

“We are therefore very pleased to welcome Francis Campbell who is the first Vice-Chancellor to be appointed at St Mary's University after it was granted university status in 2014.

“The lecture is free and open to all and we welcome everyone to join us in our silver jubilee year.”

Before taking up his role as Vice-Chancellor at the University of St Mary’s, Mr Campbell was Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UK Trade and Investment from 2013 to 2014.

From 2011 to 13 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan. He was British Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2011. From 1999 to 2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No10 Policy Unit, and then as a Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.  Francis has worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, the European Union, the FCO, and in Italy. He is a columnist for Catholic weekly newspaper The Tablet and is also a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.

The Chaplaincy Lecture for 2017 takes place on Friday 10th March at 5.30pm in the Rattray Lecture at the University of Leicester.

More information about the lecture is available here: http://www.le.ac.uk/chaplaincy/special-events

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For more information contact the University of Leicester Chaplaincy via email: chaplaincy@le.ac.uk or call 0116 285 6493.

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 St Mary's Twickenham logo Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

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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