Peninsula academic picks up royal honour
Scottish graduate and Plymouth foundation dean recognised with MBE
Professor Liz Kay, Edinburgh graduate and foundation dean of Peninsula Dental School, was presented with her MBE in recognition of her services to dental education at Buckingham Palace recently.
Prof Kay graduated from Edinburgh in 1982 and completed her masters in public health (1984) and PhD (1991) from Glasgow. She gained her FDS from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1988.
She led the development and implementation of the Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth, which was the first new dental school in the UK in 40 years and currently ranks second out of 15 dental schools in the Guardian’s league table.
After receiving her award from HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prof Kay said: “This really was a most wonderful experience and it was great to meet other awardees, many of whom had the most amazing and humbling stories to tell. I am fortunate to be surrounded by the most wonderful, talented and supportive colleagues and associates, without whom I may not have been recognised for this amazing honour.
“At Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry we teach our dental health profession students that they are part of a team – dentist, dental nurse, dental therapist and hygienist – and this award stands testament to the strong team ethic across our organisation.”