Professor Anthony Forster FHEA FRSA AcSS

Professor Anthony Forster is the sixth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, who took up his post in August 2012.

Anthony is a political scientist specialising in European and British foreign and security policy issues. His work has focused on military politics and most recently 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.

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 Executive Dean of the 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.

Between 1999 and 2002 Anthony was the Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy. He is a Board and Audit Committee member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and a member of HEFCE's Widening Access and Participation Strategic Advisory Committee. He is also an elected Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences (2009); and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (2010).

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