Royal Honour for senior lecturer
University of Edinburgh staff member receives OBE at the Palace
Margaret Ross, who is the country’s only senior lecturer for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs), received her OBE from the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace recently.
Margaret, who is also the programme director of the BSc (Hons) in oral health sciences at Edinburgh Dental Institute, was awarded the honour for services to dentistry over a career that has spanned more than 40 years. A past president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), she is also a previous recipient of the Dr Gerald Leatherman Award for services to the profession and the BSDHT.
Margaret is chair of the Advisory Board for DCPs in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), where she is currently developing two new diplomas for dental hygienists and therapists in paediatric dentistry and implant care. She was awarded the college’s Dental Faculty Gold Medal for services to the RCSEd in 2016, which was the first time this prestigious award was made to a non-dentist.
She said: “I was both delighted and humbled by being awarded an OBE earlier this year. When the letter from the Cabinet Office in London arrived last May, I had no idea what it might contain and was overwhelmed to receive news of such a great honour.
“I have been privileged to work with some exceptional people throughout my career, who inspired and encouraged me to fulfil many of my professional aspirations. I intend to retire at the end of this year, so to be recognised in this way after many years in dentistry is wonderful. My Investiture was a marvellous day, and one which I shall always remember.”