Professor Anthony Forster FHEA FLF FRSA FAcSS
Professor Anthony Forster is the sixth Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Essex, and he took up his post in 2012.
Anthony is a political scientist and his most recent work has focussed on the
duty of care owed by the state and society to service personnel. Anthony has
published 11 books and nearly 50 articles and chapters. He is an elected Academician
of the Academy of the Social Sciences (2009); and a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Arts and Manufacturing (2010). Between 1999 and 2002 Anthony was the Special Advisor
to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union Common Foreign and Security
Following a first degree in Politics from the University of Hull and a commission in
the Army, Anthony read for an MPhil and a DPhil in European Politics at the University
of Oxford. He held posts first at the University of Nottingham and then at King's College
London. In 2002 Anthony joined the University of Bristol as Professor of Politics and
International Relations and Founding Director of the Governance Research Centre and was
Head of the Department of Politics from 2004 to 2006. He then moved to Durham University
to take up the post of PVC Faculty of Social Sciences and Health before becoming
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) in 2008 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2011.
Anthony is equally committed to excellence in research and education. He completed a
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education
Academy since 2007.
He is a member of HEFCE's Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory
Committee and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation. Anthony is also a Board member and trustee
of the Blue Cross charity which provides nationwide support for pet owners who cannot afford
private veterinary treatment and helps to find homes for unwanted animals. He recently chaired
an independent government review of the Defence Advisory Notice (DA Notice) System, a voluntary
system established to limit the inadvertent media disclosure of information where release would
pose a risk to life or national security.
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