A graduate of Exeter University, Prof Church’s academic career started as a Teaching Assistant in University College, London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. From 1963-65 he was Junior Lecturer in Modern History in Trinity College, Dublin. From there he went to the University of Lancaster as Lecturer in French History, rising to be Senior Lecturer in European Studies in 1975. Transferring to Kent in 1981 he taught a variety of historical and political courses, including Swiss Studies, first for the School of Languages and then in the School of Politics and International Relations. Promoted Reader in 1988 and Professor in 1992, he was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration in 1995. He was the first Director of the Kent Centre for Europe, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and has been an Emeritus Professor since 2003.