Professor Leslie J. Francis


Professor Leslie J. Francis

The third Keynote will be given by the Revd Canon Professor Leslie J. Francis  (University of Warwick), chair of the Board of Trustees of the Alister Hardy Trust. 

Leslie J Francis, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Alister Hardy Trust, is Professor of Religions and Education within the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, and Canon Theologian at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Newfoundland, and Honorary Distinguished Canon at Manchester Cathedral, England. Since October 2012, he has been Director of WRERU, following the retirement of Professor Robert Jackson from full-time work at Warwick. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1976. His published works have been recognised by three higher doctorates: ScD from Cambridge in 1997, DD from Oxford in 2001 and DLitt from University of Wales, Bangor in 2007.  His research in religious education has been shaped by creative links with practical and empirical theology and with the individual differences approach to psychology.