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Prof Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor

Prof Francis CampbellFrancis Campbell, Vice Chancellor at St Mary's University, Twickenham.  He previously served as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See.

Francis 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 and the FCO in London. 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.  Between 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. Francis is also Professor of International Relations at St. Mary’s University. 

Francis is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner,  a governor of St Mary’s University, St Elizabeth’s School, Richmond and Carlow College, Ireland.  He is a Trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and Forward Thinking a London based NGO and think-tank.


  • BA in Political Science and Scholastic Philosophy - Queens University, Belfast
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • MA in European Integration - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow Poland, Tempus Scholar
  • MA in International Relations - University of Pennsylvania, USA 
    (Thouron Fellow)

Academic honours

He has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), Misericordia University (Pennsylvania), 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.

Contact details

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