Iarla Manny has just been appointed as the second holder of the joint Open University/University of Oxford (St Hilda's College) Michael Comber PhD Studentship in the Reception of the Classical World. He graduated with a BA in Single Honor Classics (First Class) from Trinity College Dublin in 2009, where he was elected as a Foundation Scholar (2006), and was awarded the Bishop Berkeley Gold Medal in Greek (2006) and the Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal in Latin (2007). He completed an MPhil in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature (Distinction) at Balliol College, Oxford in 2011. His MPhil thesis, entitled 'Hellenism or Hebraism? The Ambiguous Allegiances of Gerard Manley Hopkins' (supervisor: Fiona Macintosh), was awarded the Gaisford Graduate Dissertation Prize in 2011. His PhD research will look at the reception of ancient drama in the work of Oscar Wilde, with particular reference to his tragedy Salomé.