Student Hosts

This year we welcome SUISS alums, Can Ozturk and Aysegul Demir, as our Student Hosts. They will meet you at Pollock Halls reception on arrival day, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the summer school, or Edinburgh in general.

Can Ozturk (11th July –  6th August)

Hello everyone! My name is Can and I’m from Turkey. I work as a lecturer at Bilkent University where I teach undergraduate English Literature modules and supervise student projects. I also work as a freelance translator and interpreter based in Edinburgh. I completed a BA in English Language Literature at Bilkent, and later completed my MSc in Literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh.

I attended the Modernism module at SUISS in 2016, and that’s when I decided that I want to live and study in Edinburgh! It gave me the chance to meet amazing people from all around the world, and I am still in contact with many of them. Attending SUISS was one of the best experiences of my life; I am looking forward to being a part of it again in 2022! Be prepared for an incredible summer in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! I hope to see you all soon!




Aysegul Demir (July/ August)

Hiya guys, my name is Aysegul Demir. I’m a Turkish academic in the department of English Literature at Munzur University. I did my PhD on Scottish Makar Kathleen Jamie and am currently studying to translate Scottish ballads into Turkish at the University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral visitor. I’m also the recipient of the 2018 Saltire Scholarship and the 2022 Edwin Morgan Translation Fellowship for Scottish Literature Module.

As someone who’s experienced what it’s like to have a student host who is always there for you, I’d love to make you feel the same way. Let’s leave traces of happiness together, as Walter Benjamin says, “to live means to leave traces.” I can’t wait to meet you all. Haste ye back! J