Professor of Dental Education, University College London Eastman Dental Institute
Mature Educators Award 2017
Deeply honoured for this prestigious recognition of my contributions to dental education
I am deeply honoured to have been given the Association of Dental Education Europe (ADEE) Excellence in Dental Education Mature Career Educator Award in 2017. I am very grateful for this prestigious recognition of my contributions to dental education for the last 20 years in my former role at King’s College London, and in my current roles with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and at University College London Eastman Dental Institute.
To have the opportunities to collaborate in many arenas of international dental education with colleagues in the UK, Ireland, Jordan, Sudan, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates has been a real privilege and pleasure of mine, but to see that my role as an international dental educator being recognised by ADEE is an unbelievable acknowledgement of my work and effort.
I can also attest first-hand the ADEE award has had on my academic career.
I had applied for one of the major dental education post in the UK, and had been shortlisted for an interview when I received notification from ADEE informing me of my Excellence in Dental Education Mature Career Award. I forwarded this information to the selection panel, and as it turned out that the award had a really positive impact on their consideration. When I arrived at the interview, the Chair of the panel congratulated me on the ADEE award and said this was a highly significant international achievement in dental education.
This worked magic for me as I was offered the post of Professor of Dental Education at University College London Eastman Dental Institute which I was delighted to accept.
Thank you ADEE for this humbling recognition and experience.