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St John's College



The Cundy Christian Unity Lecture

30th May 2018, 19:30

'The Role of the University in Promoting Reconciliation in a Modern Society'

This year's Cundy Christian Unity Lecture will be given by Professor Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor of St Mary's University, London.

With many divisions still in our society today, do universities have a role to play in the process of reconciliation and as places to value diversity in all its forms including faith? Professor Francis Campbell will consider the significance and contribution of universities in today’s world. He is Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University Twickenham.

Professor Francis Campbell 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 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 2011-2013 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, where he is also Professor of International Relations.

He is a regular contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day and writes regularly for national publications.

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