Dr Geoffrey Edwards awarded student-led prize for Best Postgraduate Supervisor

by Alice Oates

Congratulations to Dr Geoffrey Edwards, who was recently awarded the student-led CUSU award for best postgraduate supervisor.

The awards require students to nominate individuals for categories such as best undergraduate supervisor and best lecturer.  Dr Geoffrey Edwards is an Emeritus Fellow at Pembroke and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, POLIS.

Two Pembroke PhD candidates, Barry Colfer and Léonie de Jonge, were involved in nominating Dr Edwards, and gave the following comments on his award:

Geoffrey is a really special teacher and supervisor, and I was really delighted to be involved with him getting this award. Geoffrey gave me the encouragement, direction and confidence that I needed to figure out my way as a phd student and to learn to love my research. He has made such an important and positive impact both professionally and personally on the experience of countless students and researchers at Cambridge, and throughout Europe, and I’m delighted that we can add this prize to Geoffrey’s mantlepiece, which already creaks under the weight of his achievements and awards.  POLIS, Pembroke College, and the university are really lucky to have him.

-Barry Colfer,

PhD candidate, Department of POLIS and Pembroke College.


I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Geoffrey. His door is always open for his students, and he goes out of his way to support us without ever asking anything in return. In an academic environment that is becoming ever more competitive, he truly stands out; Geoffrey is kind, humble and always puts his students first. Besides being incredibly knowledgeable, he also has an excellent sense of humour. I feel very fortunate to know him. His wisdom and guidance have had a very positive impact on my experience here in Cambridge, and he deserves to be recognised.

 Léonie de Jonge

PhD Candidate in Politics & International Studies at  Pembroke College