BSDHT Announces Student Award Winner

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Anna Seymour from Portsmouth Dental Academy wins BSDHT Student Award

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) says it is "delighted" to officially announce that Anna Seymour has won the National Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Optident.

Anna was awarded the BSDHT Student prize for her outstanding undergraduate project, which has high clinical relevance to the role of modern dental hygienists and dental therapists. Her hard work was also recognised in editing down her 5,000-word project in order to submit it for publication in the 2019 BSDHT Annual Clinical Journal and disseminate her research findings to the wider profession.

Anna has also submitted this project for the Annual Poster Competition at the Oral Health Conference (OHC) 2018.

This is the second consecutive year a student from Portsmouth’s Dental Academy has won the Award. Anna Seymour will be presented with her prize at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference on November 23.

Anna has previously won the BSDHT prize for most outstanding undergraduate project which was awarded at her graduation ceremony. Her project, ‘Is sodium hypochlorite an effective treatment for periodontal disease?’ was judged to be highly relevant to clinicians working as dental hygienists and therapists.

Anna said: “The nomination for student of the year has come as a complete shock and I am very honoured to be receiving this award. However, without the support, encouragement and guidance I received from the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, I don’t think I would be where I am today. So, I gratefully accept this award with a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped me over the last three years.”

Professor Chris Louca, Director and Head of School, said: “We are all very proud and impressed with Anna’s achievements and it is good to see the Dental Academy win this award over the last two years.”

Fellow Portsmouth student Madelaine Pearce won last year’s Student of the Year Award.

Anna’s tutor, Dr Marina Harris – Senior Lecturer and Periodontology Lead at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy – sang her praises, saying: “Anna is a delightful, enthusiastic individual who we at the Academy predict will be a shining light for our profession.

“Anna is well-respected by staff and students alike and has been a joy to have as firstly a student, and now a valuable peer. Anna has stayed true to her heart and is providing all her newly found skills and expertise as a dental therapist in the occupation she always longed for. We are all very proud of her!”

Sponsoring the Award, a spokesperson from Optident added: “Optident is delighted to have supported the 2018 Student of the Year Award. There were some fantastic and well deserving participants this year – it was extremely difficult to pick just one winner. Dental hygiene and therapy is a profession that we have always been actively involved in and we are proud to be a part of this significant accolade.”

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