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Professor Francis Campbell

Vice Chancellor
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Sydney, Australia

Professor Campbell 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 Ambassador of the United Kingdom 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.

From 2014-2020, Professor Campbell served as Vice Chancellor of St. Mary’s University in London and also Professor, International Relations. In February 2020, he became the fourth Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, where he also holds the position of Professor of International Relations.

Professor Campbell has served on a number of Boards, including the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (UK), St. Mary’s University, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Prospects UK, London Higher and St. Elizabeth’s School. He continues to serve as a trustee of Forward Thinking (London), Carlow College (Ireland) and as a member on the Advisory Board of the Mater Dei Centre at Dublin City University.


  • 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)

Academic Honours 

Professor Campbell has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), St 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.