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Professor Leslie J Francis elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences

wp2The Revd Canon Professor Leslie Francis has been conferred the award of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of his distinctive and distinguished contributions to Social Science.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. Its mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. Being an Academician means that a peer group has reviewed the standing and impact of one’s work and found it worthy of the conferment of the award of Academician.

Leslie J Francis is Professor of Religions and Education within the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, and Canon Theologian of Bangor Cathedral, Wales. 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.

Jackie Hodgson, Director of Warwick Law School’s Centre for Criminal Justice, has also has been conferred the award of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her distinctive and distinguished contributions to Social Science.