SUISS 65th Anniversary
Founded in 1947, after the Second World War, in the spirit of the Edinburgh International Festival, SUISS celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2012.
SUISS Anniversary Scholarships
We are happy to announce that SUISS will offer six Anniversary Scholarships in 2012. Check our scholarship page for more information.
To mark the 65th anniversary of the School, the 2012 Edinburgh University Reception will be held on 1st August in Edinburgh University's famous Playfair Library in Old College. Invitations for the event will be sent out in June 2012.
SUISS Alumni Tales
'I was at SUISS as a student in July
2002. It was a wonderful experience both
'I attended SUISS in 1988, and it
was indeed a springboard for my academic career, which started one year later,
at the University of Trento. I had an interest in Scottish literature and I
was looking for guidance and confrontation. I found both: I remember those
6 weeks of lectures, and informal debates with fellow students, sessions of
work at the library, as immensely fruitful and stimulating. It was through
SUISS that I met Scottish writers and colleagues that would then become friends
and a source of inspiration throughout my professional life. It was then that
I undertook the journey that eventually led to the writing of Why
Scottish Literature Matters — a journey which is still very much
in progress and still a source of excitement and discovery.'
'I cherish the SUISS experience not
only because of the lovely city of Edinburgh, the excellent and stimulating
academic experience at the university or the fun filled programs, but also
because of the wonderful people who ushered us into all the activities from
the day we entered the university premises. We were never left alone during
the course and each and every day was filled with many activities. Out of those,
I would never forget the session of ceilidh where we spent an entire evening
after dinner dancing to the amazing music played by the orchestra. What gives
a special touch to SUISS is also the Fringe festival. The city comes
alive during the Fringe, taking on a new look. There were innumerable plays
to watch and the book festival was a great hunt for book lovers like me.'
'I attended SUISS in 2001 as
a postgraduate student, taking the course of Contemporary Literature. This
event proved a turning point in my academic career and a beginning of a lasting
infatuation with Scottish literature. From that point on, I realized I found
my field of research. I have published two monographs and quite a few articles
on the subject of Scottish literature. Since 2005 I have taught Contemporary
Scottish Literature at my home department (soon to be followed by Scottish
Studies I, II as of Fall 2012) and I supervise three young doctoral candidates
who are also dedicated to Scottish literature. At this moment, we are in the
process of writing a second book on Scottish literature in the Czech language.
Every year, my department sends a hand-picked student to the SUISS. On behalf
of us, former SUISS alumni from Palacky University in Olomouc, I would like
to express gratitude for being part of this project.'
2000! More than a decade ago! What is really fresh in my mind is the
green grass on the lawns leading up to Arthur’s seat. The summer was warm
and gorgeous, and the mind was clear to focus on “Text and Context: Literature
in Twentieth Century Britain.” Tutor
Kevin McGinley was fabulous—friend and facilitator. The understanding
that I developed of Modernism, the theme that we were studying, has
stayed with me till today. It was a privilege to meet and listen to
Prof. Terry Eagleton. And what an opportunity it was to meet wonderful
people from around the world in a relaxed academic context! An experience
to cherish! Thank you.'
'I attended the SUISS in 2001. Apart
from attending amazing lectures by Prof. John Drakakis, Prof Elaine Showalter
and many others, which was itself mind-blowing, I was also lucky enough to
experience the reading of A.L. Kennedy and Alasdair Gray. Gray opened up a
new literary horizon for me because I was at the very beginning of my academic
career and had no clue that Gray represents such a unique gem. Many years later,
I was able to introduce his work into my literary course at the English Dept.
in Zagreb, Croatia, owing to the SUISS programme and tons of materials that
I collected at the fantastic University Library. The whole of my stay in Edinburgh
was intertwined with numerous cultural events from Fringe to International
Book Festival. And all this was topped with friendly academic staff, young
tutors who really cared for our progress, and most of all, dear Nan Mulder,
the spirit of the SUISS. Now, over ten years later I can still say that for
me the SUISS represents the sweetest of academic memories.'
'I attended the Postmodern Literature
course in 1999. For me this was an amazing experience that gave me the opportunity
to get in touch with Scottish contemporary literature and to explore Edinburgh.
This experience had a great impact upon my formation and my future career.
Apart from the fact that it made me fall in love with Scotland it also
encouraged me to initiate a course of Scottish Studies in my faculty which
I've been teaching for 13 years. I wish SUISS a happy anniversary and good
luck for the years to come.'
'Since I was a successful schoralship
applicant for SUISS 1998 I have taught students and post-graduates; trained
the school-teachers (being the member of the Professional Development Team
at the British Council, Ukraine); published about 20 research articles, delivered
up to 40 reports at the conferences, planted rare trees and flowers in the
garden and raised two daughters. SUISS has left me with unforgettable recollections.
My students keep on attending the course. THANK YOU.'
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