She came to higher education as a mature student, gaining a degree in English from University College, London in 1979 and then studied for a postgraduate diploma in International Relations from LSE. She was awarded an Hon DLitt from the University of Buckingham in 1998.
She became Chairman of the Council of King's College, London 1998 and was made a Fellow in July 2003. She has received The Order of the Rose, Silver Class from the Republic of Bulgaria in 1991 for services to Anglo/Euro-Bulgarian relations and The Order of the Southern Cross, Grand Official from the Republic of Brazil in 1997 for services to Anglo-Brazilian relations.
Baroness Rawlings was a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Essex South West from 1989 – 1994. She entered the House of Lords in 1994 and has served as Opposition Whip, Opposition Spokesman on Culture & Foreign Affairs and has been Opposition Spokesman for International Development & Foreign Affairs since 1998.
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