Dr Jane McHarg, year one lead at the Peninsula Dental School, has become chair of the Special Interest Group in Research at the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE).
ADEE represents the voice of dental education in Europe, the European Union and the European Higher Education Area.
It also has very strong links across the globe and is an active member of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations.
It has a membership of more than 160 dental schools, together with other institutions whose primary role is the provision of all aspects of education and professional development in dentistry.
Dr McHarg began her career in the Women’s Royal Naval Service before gaining a degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Exeter.
This was followed by a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology and post-doctoral projects relating to diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
During this time, Dr McHarg found a passion for developing students by helping them to learn, and in 2000 became part of the team that set up the Peninsula Medical School.
Her interest in the field led to publications in peer-reviewed journals, a Diploma in Professional Studies in Clinical Education and fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2007, Dr McHarg became year one lead in the new Peninsula Dental School, a post which involves curriculum development, staff management, student support and co-ordination of all teaching and learning in year one of the four-year curriculum.
She leads educational research for the school and also for a three-way collaboration with the dental schools at the universities of Bristol and Cardiff.
Professor Elizabeth Kay, dean of the Peninsula Dental School and acting dean of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, said: ‘We congratulate Jane on this great achievement which emphasises the importance we place on quality dental education at the Peninsula Dental School. We are leading the way in developing innovative methods and procedures for training the dentists of tomorrow, and Jane plays a vital role in this. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment will be a great asset to ADEE, as we find these qualities to be here.’