Univ Dates: 2008-2012

Degree: DPhil Classical Literature and Philosophy

Degree Level: Postgraduate

Occupation: Classics Teacher

Biography: Emma read for her BA in Classics at St John’s (2002-06) and her MSt at Corpus Christi (2006-07). From 2007-08 she was the Classics Fellow at Marlboro College, Vermont, where she taught Latin, Greek and ancient philosophy courses to undergraduates. At Univ she visited the Univ Chalet in 2009, was convener of The Martlets Society from 2010-11, organised the Plato Reading Group in the Classics Faculty, and was an editor and contributor to the Oxford-based graduate journal, the Oxonian Review. She received a Univ and Classics Faculty Scholarship in 2008 for her DPhil, and a Sykes Travel Scholarship in 2012 for teaching and travel in China. She returned to China in summer 2014, on a government-funded programme, to study beginners’ Chinese at Nanjing University.

In 2012-13, she was Latin Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. From 2013-16, she studied law and then worked as a pupil barrister in a London chambers, specialising in shipping and commercial law. Her career has now taken another turn and from January 2017 she will be teaching Latin and Greek at King’s College School, Wimbledon. She aims to continue writing, research, and public engagement in Classics. In November 2016, she organised a workshop on Epicureanism for the Ashmolean’s FrightFriday.


How was your time at Univ?

I loved it, it was the best. I was really glad that I got the scholarship that I did, because not only did it allow me to do a DPhil here, but it was a wonderful environment and I was particularly inspired by the people that I met at Univ in different subjects. Univ was a very supportive environment and there are lots of happy memories.


Can you tell us a little about what you are doing now?

I’m now working as a freelance writer and classics tutor and looking for jobs at university-level teaching classics.


Any one outstanding memory?

I have many! Going on the Univ Chalet trip one summer was very beautiful and nice to meet a different group of people from both graduates and undergraduates. Walking in the mountains, the sunsets, the camaraderie, cooking dinner together and reading… It was just something so unique and special. I felt like I was an 18th Century scholar, just education and thinking and companionship removed from any of the pressures of getting a job or the real world.

My other great memory is being with the Martlet Society, which I ran while I was here for a couple of terms. We had some great graduate student speakers and it was so nice to see how interested people were in areas of research different from their own.


What do you think a project like this can achieve?

I guess the point of something like this is to help people see Univ as something that embraces all ages and from all backgrounds and not just portraits of dead white men hanging on the wall, which is how Oxford can all too easily be perceived.