Portsmouth graduate wins Student of the Year award

Portsmouth graduate wins Student of the Year award

A University of Portsmouth dental hygiene therapist has won the first national Student of the Year award for excelling in her studies. Madeleine Pearce, 21, graduated in 2017 and now works as a dental hygienist and therapist at the Market Place Dental Practice in Devizes, where she comes from.

Madeleine was awarded the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and Henry Schein first national award. She was chosen for demonstrating exceptionally high standards throughout her studies and for going above and beyond in furthering the profile of the profession.

Madeleine said: “I was very surprised and honoured to receive the award and cannot express my gratitude enough for the support from the University’s Dental Academy over the last three years. My research that contributed to the award was a literature review on whether humans are capable of continuous tooth regeneration.”

Dr Jo-Anne Taylor, dentist and clinical teaching fellow at the University of Portsmouth’s Dental Academy, nominated Madeline. She said “ We are enormously proud of all our graduates who are ambassadors not only for the University of Portsmouth but for the profession, Madeline was selected as our student of the year for most outstanding undergraduate research project, greatest increase in overall assessment scores between level five and six, and for contribution to patient care during her studies.

“It has been wonderful to see Maddie grow in self-confidence and become a delightful professional colleague. Feedback from patients, peers and tutors further supports Maddie’s excellent communication and interpersonal skills, she can work with and provide patient centric, holistic care for all styles of people. She is respectful and always puts the patient’s needs at the centre of her activities. She will be an asset to the profession and I wish her continued enjoyment and fulfilment from what I feel sure will be a wonderful career ahead.”

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