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Staff List - CULP Turkish Team

Lydia Collings


  • CULP Turkish Coordinator

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Kübra Yildirim


  • CULP Turkish Teacher

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Kübra was born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and obtained her undergraduate degree in Turkish Language and Literature from the University of Sakarya in 2009. She completed her masters degree at the University of Istanbul, and started her PhD at the same university in 2012. Her studies include Ottoman Turkish, Old Anatolian Turkish and Linguistics. She also received a diploma from SOAS in English Language and Academic Studies.

She started her career as a research assistant at the University of Kultur in İstanbul and worked there between 2010 and 2013. She was also an academic advisor to B.A. students and carried out projects for the faculty.

She participated in training programmes for Turkish language teachers in Turkey and received a certificate of teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language which was issued by Ankara University and Yunus Emre Institute. After obtaining this certificate, she started to work at Yunus Emre Institute, London as a Turkish language teacher and education coordinator in 2014. She has also been contributing to the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts Project carried out by the Aga Khan University and has been working on the cataloguing project of the Turkic collection at Cambridge University Library.

Kübra obtained TUBITAK’s scholarships for PhD students and is now studying for her PhD on “Aspect categorisation of Ottoman Turkish in the 17th Century” whilst still working at Yunus Emre Institute, London. She has also joined the University of Cambridge Language Centre as a visiting Turkish language teacher.