Thursday 12 January 2017
Sarah Murray, Senior Lecturer and Centre Lead for Dental Care Professionals has been awarded an MBE for services to Oral Health in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.
Sarah was nominated for the honour by members of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), of which she has been a longstanding member, for the dedication she has shown throughout her career to making a difference to peoples’ oral health and her commitment regarding progressing her profession.
Speaking on her honour Sarah, from London said “It is a huge honour to receive recognition for being passionate about my profession and it is this, that I have strived to grow, throughout my career. Dental hygiene and dental therapy has advanced significantly over the years and I am proud to have been a small part of this. There are many inspirational colleagues that I have been fortunate to have worked with, and together we have driven projects forwards, to change lives, both in dental education and for improving oral care within our clinical environments”.
Sarah is currently Senior Lecturer, Head of Centre and Programme Lead in the Institute of Dentistry, within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL.
In her nomination, her commitment to furthering her profession was highlighted; as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Sarah plays a key role in the continued development of the diploma programme at QMUL, which is integrated with years 2-4 of the BDS programme and ensures that both BDS and DCP students, working side by side, understand the roles and skills-set of the wider dental team. Furthermore, she has been instrumental in developing the team working and social responsibility aspects in the dental undergraduate programmes at Queen Mary. Until recently, Sarah also oversaw delivery of the Certificate in Oral Health Education, a distance learning programme primarily targeted towards qualified Dental Nurses who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.
Sarah has a significant professional reputation gained over many years through working in collaboration with dental leaders and educational providers, as a leading dental hygienist/therapist in the UK, she is regular contributor to dental journals, particularly the Dental Health Journal, and has contributed a chapter to the Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. This is in addition to her work with a number of national organisations and professional bodies to promote dental hygienists and therapists both at undergraduate and post-registration level.
Professor Mike Curtis, Dean for Dentistry and Deputy Vice-Principal Health at QMUL warmly welcomed the award. “Sarah is a highly influential figure in the field of Dental Hygiene and Therapy in the UK and a passionate advocate of excellence in teaching in this discipline. All of the staff in the Dental Institute at QMUL are thrilled about this well-deserved recognition of Sarah’s contributions to the maintenance of oral health and education of a large number of students over many years.”