Vice-Chancellor, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Prof Francis Campbell

Professor Francis Campbell is the Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia and also holds the position of Professor of International Relations. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1997. He has worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, the European Union, and at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London and on diplomatic postings overseas.

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. From 2014-2020, Professor Campbell served as Vice Chancellor of St. Mary’s University in London and Professor of International Relations, while on special leave from the Foreign Office.

He has been a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, London. He also served on a number of governing bodies including St. Mary’s University, St. Joseph’s Hospice (London), London Higher Education, St. Elizabeth’s School (London) and Carlow College (Ireland). He continues to serve as a Trustee of Forward Thinking (London).

More recently, Professor Campbell was appointed a Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation, member of the Divine Word University Council, member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors and is a founding member of the International Council on Human Trafficking at St Thomas University, Miami, School of Law.

Francis was educated at Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Jagiellonian University Krakow and the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Campbell has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), Misercordia 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.