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University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies


Professor Jude Browne

The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is delighted to congratulate Professor Jude Browne, Frankopan Director, on winning the inaugural Aaron Rapport Teaching Prize 2020. The Prize is given to the member of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) academic community who is specially commended by students for their teaching. This could be for their level of commitment, their innovative teaching methods, their ability to make a complex topic comprehensible – or for something else that demonstrates high quality teaching. The award was made on the basis of student feedback for Jude’s teaching on the third year undergraduate course on Politics and Gender


Dr Aaron Rapport

 The prize is named after Dr Aaron Rapport who from when he joined POLIS in 2013 was one of the most popular and engaging lecturers in the department. His lectures and supervisions on US foreign policy and international relations drew some of the highest praise ever given by POLIS students for their originality, their humour and their captivating quality. He led the department’s outreach work, and gave talks and classes to younger age groups to engage them in thinking about studying Politics & International Relations at degree level. In 2018, he was awarded the University’s Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching. Aaron developed cancer in 2015 (and wrote a very funny blog about it), but he carried on teaching until shortly before his death in June 2019. A full obituary for Aaron is here, along with tributes from his colleagues and students.