Congratulations to Restorative Dentistry student Jessica Sze, the best performing student on the UCL/Eastman Institute Certificate stage of the Restorative Dental Practice MSc. Jessica was awarded a Denar Mark 2 articulator provided by sponsor Prestige Dental at the first ever virtual prize giving.

Dr Neil Nathwani and Dr Jessica Sze with a Zoom call screen in the background
Pictured [L-R]: Deputy Programme Director Dr Neil Nathwani, Dr Jessica Sze.

Despite Covid-19, a bumper intake of students all qualified on the course, adapted to offer blended learning online, coupled with essential hands-on skills taught in socially distanced, face-to-face sessions.  Jessica commented that the online learning had actually presented opportunity for more contact time. She went on to say that “Restorative dentistry opens up a lot of pathways and I am particularly interested in learning and progressing in the field of ethical dentistry.”

Deputy Programme Director Dr Neil Nathwani said: “Despite an exceptionally unusual year, Jessica has worked consistently hard throughout, demonstrating an excellent clinical and academic skill set. This prize is thoroughly deserved.”

Attending the celebration, Directors Paul Martin and Lucy Gabbitas were keen to emphasize Prestige Dental’s ongoing commitment to dental learning, to maintain high standards in the industry in both the dental surgery and dental laboratory.   

Students on the Certificate stage of the programme attend for a year whilst still working in practice. They are taught about new materials and evidence-based techniques by highly-recognised specialists. The next Certificate class commences in January 2021, whilst Jessica and many of her classmates move onto the Diploma stage.