US mini logoHome | A-Z Index | People | Reference | Contact us

Sussex academics awarded OBEs

* 2 January 2003 *

Sussex academics awarded OBEs

Professor Alan Mayhew, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Sussex European Institute (SEI) at the University of Sussex, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Professor Mayhew has been working for many years with the Polish government, particularly on their recently concluded negotiations to join the European Union, and has received the OBE for services to UK-Polish relations.

"I lectured in Gdansk in Poland, which was the heart of the Solidarity movement, in the 1980s," says Professor Mayhew. "Then in 1989 they moved en masse into government in Warsaw and I spent all of 1991 advising the first Polish Prime Minister on economic affairs. Since 1996 I've spent about a third of my time in Poland advising on the accession to the European Union."

Professor Mayhew is currently working with Professor Danuta Hübner, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, who visited SEI last Autumn to give a lecture on the Convention on the Future of Europe. Hübner has several links to the University of Sussex: she was a visiting scholar there in 1974 and her daughter Ewa is currently studying in SEI.

Many SEI students come from Central and Eastern Europe and many are now in senior government positions in their home countries. "I work with our ex-students all over the place - I meet them wherever I go," says Professor Mayhew.

* Notes for editors *

Professor Alan Mayhew can be contacted on 01273 877272 or email

A photo of Professor Alan Mayhew is available from the Press Office. Contact Peter Simmons or Alison Field, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email or

* Useful links *

Information for Journalists   Previous press releases   University Homepage

  Contact the University | Disclaimer | Feedback