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The judging panel consists of Directors of Studies, Panel Heads, School Heads and faculty members from top UK and US Boarding Schools; as well as Fellows and Professors from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and Columbia University.

  • Badminton School

  • Benenden School

  • Charterhouse School

  • Cheltenham Ladies’ College

  • Choate Rosemary Hall

  • Eton College

  • Harrow School

  • King’s School Canterbury

  • Phillips Academy Andover

  • Phillips Exeter Academy

  • Sevenoaks School

  • The Lawrenceville School

  • The Taft School

  • Tonbridge School

  • Twyford School

  • Uppingham School

  • Wellington College

  • Winchester College

  • Wycombe Abbey School



Director of the Academic Development and Training for International Students and Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College,  University of Cambridge

Karen provides training and support to assist international students at the University in further developing and honing the skills required to succeed in an English-speaking academic context.


In addition to having overall responsibility for ADTIS, Karen has been an External Examiner at the universities of Leeds and Aston, and is currently an External for the University of St. Andrews and a critical friend for the University of Winchester. She is a reviewer for Cambridge University Press and has recently been appointed reviewer and mentor of the International Student Experience Journal (ISEJ). In addition, Karen is a mentor for Wolfson College and has been a supervisor, and occasional examiner and lecturer, in German Language and Literature for several Colleges. She is also a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.


Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Kasia Boddy is a University Lecturer in American Literature. Before coming to Cambridge, she worked for many years at University College London. Her teaching and research focus primarily on American literary and cultural history. One strand considers the perpetual back and forth between short and long fictional forms. Now working on a book on the idea of the Great American Novel, she has published extensively on short fiction, including The American Short Story since 1950 (2010), and has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories (2011). She is also interested in exploring the imaginative resources offered by activities such as sport and horticulture, which have become ubiquitous to the point of saturation in modern life, but which for the most part enter only obliquely into literature.  Boxing: A Cultural History (2008) and Geranium (2013) consider the often incidental representation in literature of events, activities, and objects whose meaning and value is historically contingent.


Fellow at New College, University of Oxford

Hannah took up her post at New College in 2012. She received her PhD in English and American Literature from Harvard in 2008 and, before coming to Oxford, she was an Assistant Professor in the English department at Stanford University. She also has a degree in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an MRes in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium.


In college, Hannah teaches English literature from romanticism to the present. She is interested in supervising third-year dissertations on modernist poetry and prose, and the history or theory of verse form. 


Columbia University

Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families, and Associate Dean for Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center. Scholar, pioneer, leader, and advocate, Dr. Kagan has helped shape early childhood practice and policies in the United States and in countries throughout the world.  Author of 225 articles and 13 books, Kagan's research focuses on the institutions that impact child and family life. 


She consults with numerous international, federal and state agencies, congress, governors, and legislatures, is a member of 40 national boards and panels, and is a Past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Family Support America.  She is currently working around the globe with UNICEF to establish early learning standards in Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Jordan, Mongolia, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, and Viet Nam.  She is the only woman in the history of American Education to receive its three most prestigious awards: the 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the 2005 James Bryant Conant Award for Lifetime Service to Education from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

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