19 July 2013
Pictured: Katharine Moulton who is the first dental studies student to graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student had more than one reason to smile at her graduation ceremony this month.
Not only did Katharine Moulton achieve her lifelong ambition to continue her studies in the field of dentistry, she also made history as the first dental studies student to graduate at UCLan.
After experiencing orthodontics first hand as a child, Katharine decided on a career in dentistry, heading first to Liverpool to gain her diploma before securing a job at Evesham Dental Health Team, where she continued to work throughout her part-time UCLan degree.
Katharine said: “After completing my diploma, I was keen to keep learning but at the time there wasn’t a course option.
“Staying current and keeping up with new developments in the field is a crucial part of my job and I was really happy when I realised I could continue my studies at UCLan.”
“I was adamant that as soon as one became available, I would do it. Staying current and keeping up with new developments in the field is a crucial part of my job and I was really happy when I realised I could continue my studies at UCLan.”
Katharine’s studies were very much inspired by her day-to-day work at the Evesham practice. As a result of her restorative module, her techniques in areas such as fillings were advanced. The facilitating learning module has also enabled her with the skills to train dental nurses in the future – a role she started in herself.
She plans to remain part of the Evesham team, where she hopes to put into practice all elements of the course, particularly her dissertation topic of saliva testing.
The 29-year-old added: “The team at Evesham was really supportive of my decision to work and study simultaneously. I’m keen to share any new skills or knowledge in the hope we can adopt some cutting-edge practices and continue to expand.”