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Top of the class for Emma – Prestige Dental award for top student at Eastman Institute

Published: 1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

It was celebrations all round on Wednesday, December 5 when all 26 students successfully graduated in their Postgrad MSc in Restorative Dental Practice at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London (Certificate element). The certificate programme is run by deputy programme director Neil Nathwani, who is also a specialist prosthodontist.  

Ranking highest across a year of lectures, simulation exercises and exams was Emma Haselden from BUPA Dental Care Merrow in Guildford. Emma’s achievement was recognised by Prestige Dental who have supported the course for many years. With an established reputation built on first class, technical knowledge and premium, specialist dental products, Prestige are proud to support excellence in UK dentistry through education. Peter Nutkins, product specialist at Prestige, presented Emma with a certificate and her very own Denar Mark II articulator, which drew more applause from her enthusiastic colleagues.  

Thanking Prestige for their support programme director, Albert Leung, initially announced the award to Emma, who said she was in “complete shock”, but went on to speak highly of the course, “The teaching has been brilliant - first class. I did have lots of support from home, as balancing working life with studying is challenging. However the opportunity to learn, and then use that new learning practically is invaluable and I strongly believe raises the standard of dentistry.”   

The emphasis on hands-on dentistry is an absolute necessity according to Neil Nathwani, as dentistry by its very nature is a practical subject. The 2019 MSc course, undertaken on a part time basis, has already attracted a potential of 34 candidates.