Published: 22 May 2024

Dr Jamie Shea receives CMG at Windsor Castle

Dr Jamie Shea was made a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) at Windsor Castle on Wednesday 8 May. 

Dr Shea, a recipient of a University of Surrey honoris causa in 2018, and a Visiting Professor in Practice in the Department of Politics between 2019-2024, was awarded the CMG in the 2020 New Year’s honours for services to diplomacy and public service – although the investiture was delayed until 2024 due to the COVID pandemic. 

An expert in cyber security and European defence, Dr Shea held multiple positions with NATO in a career which spanned 38 years including that of Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Security Challenges, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. In 1999 he acted as a spokesperson for NATO during the Kosovo War. 

At the Department of Politics, Dr Shea has supported both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on a range of security, defence and European topics, including the renowned use of ‘simulation summits’ employed by Politics lecturers, as well as championing the launch and development of the Centre for Britain and Europe, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.  

Professor Amelia Hadfield, Head of the Department of Politics, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Jamie has been recognised for his manifold talents, achievements, and commitment to a whole range of activities and causes. Jamie is an inspiring and insightful educator, with indisputably high-quality expertise that students crave and colleagues delight in. It’s been a privilege to have had him support the cutting-edge teaching in our Department for the past five years.” 

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