Portsmouth graduate wins Student of the Year award

Best in class: Madeleine Pearce has won national Student of the Year award

Best in class: Madeleine Pearce has won national 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.

She was awarded the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and Henry Schein first national award.

For many years, BSDHT has sponsored a prize for all UK hygiene and therapy schools to be awarded to the student who had excelled in their studies, but this is the first time the winners from each school were eligible for the national award.

Madeleine 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.”

Madeline demonstrated continual development over the course of her studies in everything from management to communication skills, Dr Taylor said.

While studying at Portsmouth she provided comprehensive and sometimes complex care for adults and children to a consistently high standard.

She was considered technically competent and compassionate, and particularly gifted at helping anxious patients relax.

The Dental Academy received 100 per cent satisfaction in the latest independent student satisfaction survey.

Madeline will be presented with her award at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference in Harrogate in November. The prize includes her travel and accommodation expenses to attend the conference and a trophy.


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