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Second Portsmouth dentistry student wins national award

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SEYMOUR-Anna-DA webA University of Portsmouth undergraduate has won the prestigious national student of the year award from the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT).

It is the second consecutive year a student from Portsmouth’s Dental Academy has won the award.

Anna Seymour will be awarded with her prize at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference on November 23rd.

Anna has previously won the BSDHT prize for most outstanding undergraduate project, which was awarded at her graduation ceremony this year.

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, this award is with a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me over the last three years.”

Her tutor, Dr Marina Harris, said: “Anna is a delightful, enthusiastic individual who we, at the Dental Academy, predict will be a shining light for our profession.”

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 Dental Academy student Madelaine Pearce won last year’s student of the year award from the same body.

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