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A career of service

08 November 2010

Professor Malcolm Jones at the award ceremonyStanding left to right, Professor Jim McDonald (Reader of Citation), Professor Malcolm Jones, Dr David Felix (Dean of Faculty, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) and Mr David Tolley (President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

Professor Malcolm Jones, currently completing his term as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Estates, has been awarded the Faculty of Dental Surgery Medal of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh at a Ceremony in Edinburgh.

Only one medal is awarded each year and it is in recognition of international contributions to the profession over the course of a career.

Professor Jones’ award was for his achievements and work in dentistry, during which time he has been the Dean of Cardiff Dental School and General Manager of NHS Dental Services here. He has also been an active member of the General Dental Council, during which time he served on the Professional Conduct Committee, was a national and international inspector of programmes and was much involved in overseeing the development of new Graduate Entry UK Schemes.

Professor Jones has been the Executive Secretary of the UK Council of Dental Deans, was the founder Chair of the Forum of European Heads and Deans of Dental Schools (European Council of Dental Deans) and was, until recently President of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), a body which represents nearly 200 schools across the continent.

As might be expected of someone receiving such an award, he has been a busy member of the Dental Council of the Royal College, also being an international examiner, and was a member of the Speciality Advisory Board in Orthodontics for nearly two decades. During this time Professor Jones did much to assist the development of international collaborations for the RCS particularly in Latvia, China and India, all of which now host RCS examination centres.

After receiving the medal and a light-hearted citation from long-time colleague Professor Jim McDonald, Professor Jones said: "It was both a genuine honour and a surprise to receive this gold medal. I have been very fortunate in the course of my academic career to receive various awards but I am aware that this medal is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious in dentistry. "