Reader in Conscious Sedation and Special Care Dentistry, School of Dentistry Cardiff University
Mature Educators Award 2012
Experiences of receiving an Excellence in Education Award
I was honoured to be awarded the Mature Educator Award at the ADEE Annual General Assembly meeting in Lyon in 2012. I had been encouraged to apply by the Learning and Teaching lead in Cardiff University and was kindly supported by our Dean and a senior member of the profession external to the school, who provided evidence of my contribution to learning and teaching in Special Care Dentistry (SCD).
I feel that the award was a great personal achievement as I had not originally set out to be an educator. The Mature Educator title reflects not only the training and teaching I personally received throughout the decades since graduation, but also the encouragement and time for self-development that enabled me to apply for the award; this opportunity has provided a most enjoyable and rewarding part of my life. I would like to extend a personal thanks to all those involved in leading me towards a career as a clinical teacher for all team members.
I would like to thank ADEE for allowing inclusion of a Special Interest Group in Special Care Dentistry that enables promotion of learning and scholarship in SCD across Europe. Involvement in the Teacher’s Group of the British Society of Disability and Oral Health and the International Association of Disability and Oral Health has led to successful collaborations in the UK and globally, in the exchange of educational methodology and research and it has been very satisfying to work with caring and motivated, like-minded individuals.
As my career progresses, I would like to encourage other teachers to pursue excellence in learning and scholarship in Special Care Dentistry and develop clinical and educational research in vulnerable population groups, so that evidence based care can be a reality and not just an aspiration.