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Honours and Awards

​​​​​​​The BDA's Honours and Awards are designed to acknowledge the unsung heroes of our profession; those who have upheld and improved the standards of dentistry.



Do you know a colleague who is: 


  • Going that extra mile to support the profession, particularly at a local level?
  • Performing exceptional and outstanding services within the field of dentistry?
  • Playing an active part in furthering the profession, both nationally and internationally?
  • Currently active within the Association, or has given distinguished service over the years?


The Awards are aimed at those who have provided outstanding merit and service, rewarding and recognising the efforts of both dentists and non-dentists who have gone that extra mile.


Here is your chance to thank your colleagues, and to enable their efforts to be appreciated more widely by the profession.


How do I nom​​inate someone?

Honours and Awards are intended to recognise outstanding contributions from individuals of all ages, backgrounds and at any stage of their careers.


There are five types of Honours and four Awards, including nominating for the BDA’s President, and each aims to honour service provided from different areas of dentistry - please take a look at the Awards' criteria before nominating.


Younger dentists, who have shown outstanding dedication to their profession, can be put foward for the Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists.


If you feel someone has demonstrated outstanding services to the BDA or to UK dentistry, please nominate them – you can either nominate online or download the form below.


Nominate online

Download form


The closing date for the next round of Honours and Awards applications is 31 July 2020.


What happens next?

Nominations are considered by the Honours and Awards Committee based on their merit.

All applications that reach the second stage of consideration are also put forward for nomination for an honour via the UK Government, so please include as much information on your form about how your nominee has provided outstanding service to a community or the profession.


BDA Honours and Awards - Advice and guidance

Branch, section or group nomination

Nominations for honours and awards will be hugely strengthened if they receive support from the relevant, branch, section or group, particularly where the nomination is based on the members’ contribution to the branch, section or group. The BDA’s country councils and committees can also support nominations. We recognise that in some cases – for example, where the nomination is on the basis of the members’ scientific achievement – it is not necessary for the nomination to be supported by a BDA body. However, we do not accept self-nominations or nominations made by family members or friends.

BDA membership

Unless the honour or award is specifically open to individuals who are not BDA members or eligible for BDA membership, such as Honorary Membership and the Roll of Distinction, nominees are expected to be BDA members or to have membership of long-standing where they have given up membership due to, for example, retirement. 

Level of information to provide

It is very important that nominations provide as much detail as possible about the nominee to help the Honours and Awards Committee make a fair decision. Nominators should not assume that the Committee will have existing knowledge of the nominee and so should provide comprehensive information about their career, contributions and achievements. Where the nominee is not aware of the nomination, we appreciate this can be difficult and so it is best to consult with a range of colleagues in order to put together as much information as you can.


BDA staff are happy to provide advice on nominations and will request further information where nominations are not detailed enough, but nominators should not expect that staff will undertake additional research. The Committee will only be presented with that information provided by the nominator and that which is available from the BDA’s membership database (eg. Length of membership, previous honours or awards received). 

Our Membership Team are happy to support nominators with relevant membership information about nominees, please email or call 020 7563 4550.

The Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee, Professor Nairn Wilson CBE, is also willing to advise on any proposed nomination.


Handwritten nominations and signing nomination forms

Handwritten nominations are discouraged, and nominees are asked to either nominate directly online or fill in the download the form.

Signatures on nomination forms do not have to be handwritten; a typed ‘e-signature’ is perfectly acceptable. Scanning in nomination forms that have been hand-signed makes them difficult to process and this should be avoided where possible. 

​Any questions?

Please get in touch with our Honours and Awards secretariat, Tom King:


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