College shortlisted for dental industry awards


New College Lanarkshire has been recognised as a leading provider of dental nursing education after being shortlisted for the Scottish Dental Awards.

The College’s Dental Nursing provision, which runs courses from Level 5 to Degree level, has been recognised by the prestigious Scottish Dental Awards 2018 in two categories.

Industry-leading judges will now consider the College’s impressive range of courses, facilities, teaching staff and curriculum as it faces other leading organisations in the Dental Trainer of the Year category.

A pioneer of dental nurse education in Scotland, the College is a leading training provider to the future generation of highly skilled dental nurses. Since the upgrade of its facilities in 2015, the College has gone from strength to strength in providing sector leading training – including the introduction of a BSc Dental Nursing degree, continued enhancement of training facilities, and ongoing commitment to placement opportunities and partnerships.

Assistant Head of Faculty of Care and Science, Jennifer Lowe, has also been shortlisted in the Unsung Hero category, for her ongoing commitment to enhancing dental nursing education nationally and internationally. She has been responsible for introducing unique programmes of study to the Scottish Dental Nursing sector, as well as nurturing a generation of highly skilled, highly qualified dental nurses.

Jennifer will go head to head with five other industry heroes for the coveted title, shortlisted from a record amount of entries.

Clare Flynn, Head of the Faculty of Care and Science at New College Lanarkshire, said:

“The College’s commitment to ensuring its dental nurse learners are highly skilled and sought after within the profession is second to none, demonstrated in the curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching team. 

“The introduction this year of the BSc in Dental Nursing, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, is the first of its kind in Scotland and has raised the bar for all dental nurses, ensuring all have the opportunity to be educated to degree level.

“I am absolutely delighted for my colleague Jennifer Lowe’s Unsung Hero shortlisting. Jennifer has been with the college for over 20 years pioneering dental nursing through innovation and curriculum design. 

“Her joy for learning and teaching, and her commitment to each student is why the curriculum and its learners have flourished to the exceptional achievements we see today.  Jennifer’s passion and contribution to the dental profession is simply outstanding both nationally and internationally and I am delighted this has been recognised in this shortlisting.”

The awards will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony hosted by comedian and radio personality Des Clarke in the Glasgow Hilton on 27 April.

The Scottish Dental Awards, which is in its sixth year, is the biggest of its kind in Scotland – recognising the best trainers, practices, innovators, employers and dentists from across Scotland.

New College Lanarkshire offers a range of courses in Dental Nursing. For more information, please click here. 

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