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15 May 2017

Three Dental Institute staff members receive Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the three Dental Institute staff members who have been awarded one of King’s College London’s prestigious Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017.


The winners, who will receive a certificate and citation at graduation are: Dr Melanie Nasseripour, St Paul’s team for Education Excellence, Dr Flora Smyth-Zahra, Conservative Dentistry for Innovation in Teaching, Dr Ellie Heidari, Special Care Dentistry awarded for Inclusive Education.

This is the fifteenth year that the Awards have been offered, having been introduced in 2002 as part of King’s Learning and Teaching strategy. The recipients are selected from those nominated by students for their excellent and engaging teaching.

This year a very high number of nominations from students were received, which not only demonstrates the high regard our students have for excellent teaching, but also the level of competition to achieve such recognition.

Find out more about the awards on the award webpage:


The Dental Institute winners are:  

Education Experience

Dr Melanie Nasseripour, St Pauls Team, Dental Institute

This award recognises the contribution of an individual (or group) who has improved the educational experience for students and made a notable impact on the teaching environment.


Innovation in Teaching

Dr Flora Smyth-Zahra, Conservative Dentistry, Dental Institute

This award recognises the contribution of a pioneering individual (or group) who has a unique and innovative approach to teaching and advancing education at King's.


Inclusive Education

Dr Ellie Heidari, Special Care Dentistry, Dental Institute

This award recognises an individual (or group) who shows commitment and dedication to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, through curriculum content and design, teaching practice, and supporting students and colleagues.