Wanted: all good dental teachers

The search is on for dental educators with the talent to motivate and encourage tomorrow’s dental professionals.

Students and vocational dental practitioners (VDPs) have until 31 August 2009 to nominate the teachers or trainers for the Dental Defence Union’s (DDU) annaul Educational Awards.

Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, head of the DDU, said: ‘The DDU believes that dental educators make an enormous contribution to the future strength of the dental profession by demonstrating good practice, instilling professionalism and most of all, inspiring the next generation of dental professionals.

‘We are always extremely impressed by the high standards of teaching we learn about during the Educational Awards and last year’s winners – Professor Dayananda Samarawickrama, Alison Grant and Stephen Brookes – were a great example of how great teaching has made a difference to many students and trainees. We hope that students will seize this opportunity to nominate those who have inspired them during their time in dental education.’


Dean Hallows, marketing director of awards sponsor Dentsply said: ‘Dentsply is delighted to once again sponsor the DDU Educational Awards. Supporting our next generation is of paramount importance and dental teachers play a pivotal role in advancing the profession; these awards are just one way of promoting their success and highlighting excellence in this area.’


There are three award categories: Dentist Teacher of the Year, Vocational Teacher of the Year and Dental Care Professional (DCP) Teacher of the Year. The winners will be chosen on Wednesday 18 November at an awards ceremony in central London.


Finalists will be awarded £250 each and the overall winners in each category will receive £1,000 towards the cost of educational materials for their schools or VT schemes. Awards will be judged across a number of criteria, including knowledge of the subject and the ability to motivate others.


Students and VDPs in the UK and Ireland can download or complete a nomination form online at the DDU website – www.the-ddu.com/dduawards – or obtain one from their DDU dental liaison manager.


Students and VDPs who submit an entry will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win an iPod nano.

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