Professor Jimmy Steele proposed for lifetime achievement award, Dr John Drummond up for Top 50 spot
Monday, February 20, 2017

Two prominent University of Dundee graduates are in the running to be recognised by the UK’s most-read dental magazine.

For more than a decade, Dentistry has published a list of the top 50 most influential dental professionals in the country, and recognised lifetime achievement – as voted for by its readers. School of Dentistry graduates have featured regularly, and this year is no exception.

Professor Jimmy Steele CBE, perhaps best known as the author of the 2009 Steele Report into NHS dental services in England, has been nominated for the magazine’s lifetime achievement award.

Professor Steele qualified from the School in 1985. An Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry with Newcastle Acute Hospitals Trust, he previously served as head of Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences, where he now holds an emeritus position.

He was awarded a CBE for services to dentistry in 2011, and in November last year he was presented with the John Tomes Medal, a research prize awarded by the British Dental Association for scientific eminence related to dentistry and dental surgery.

School of Dentistry graduate and current staff member Dr John Drummond has been nominated for inclusion in the UK’s Top 50 dental professionals.

Dr Drummond qualified from the School in 1981, before being appointed as a clinical lecturer in dental prosthetics and gerontology.

In 2000 he was made a Fellow in Dental Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and in 2009 he was appointed as president of the British Dental Association, having previously served as president of the BDA’s North of Scotland branch.

Professor Mark Hector, Dean of the University of Dundee School of Dentistry, said:

“It is always a great pleasure to see alumni of the school being recognised nationally. Jimmy Steele has made a huge impact on dentistry, and this will be felt for many years to come.”

“Last year we had the pleasure of listening to him deliver a brilliant lecture as part of the celebrations marking the centenary of the Dundee Dental Hospital and School.”

“John Drummond similarly has had a great impact on dentistry through his very many years involvement with the British Dental Association, of which he was President in 2009.”

“For example, he played a pivotal role in the negotiations of the new Consultant Contract, which had major implications for dental academic staff.”

“In their different ways, the work of both of these alumni -- in common with others -- has direct effect on the quality of the educational experience enjoyed by our students.”

To vote in the Dentistry Top 50, visit the magazine’s website.

For more information on studying Dentistry at the University of Dundee, visit our course pages.

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University of Dundee alumni nominated for Dentistry magazine awards