BDIA/BDEWF New Communicators Awards

Description and Rules

Currently, three BDIA/BDEWF New Communicators Awards are given annually, two of which (the graduate awards) are made to those under 35 years of age or within 10 years of graduating, on the day that their communication was published, and the third to a UK-based student who was an undergraduate, on the day that their communication was published.

Communications may be in hard copy or online, or in both formats, and can be hard copy publications or videos, webinars and other online works.  They must have been published between 1 July and 30 June of the following year.

The topic of the communication must relate to oral health.

Nominations can be made by the editors of journals, colleagues or by the author themselves. Only one communication per author will be judged.  In the event of an author receiving multiple nominations for different publications, details will be sent to the author concerned and they will be asked to select which one should go forward for judging.  Anyone who has won a graduate award is no longer eligible to enter in subsequent years. Undergraduate award winners cannot enter  the undergraduate competition again but may enter in the graduate competition in subsequent years.

Nominations must be made before 15 July each year.  Judging takes place in the following month and the winners are notified by the end of August and invited to the award ceremony, which normally takes place immediately on the night of and  before the annual BDEWF dinner.

Entries are judged on their content and presentation. Bonus marks are awarded to publications with the entrant as the sole author.  Nevertheless, publications with multiple authors can be entered and in many years have won awards.  However, if the communication has multiple authors, the entrant should be the first author.

The awards are generously sponsored  by the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA).  The first graduate award is for £500, the second for £250 and the undergraduate award is for £300.

Any questions about the rules for the awards and entries should be sent to the BDEWF Chair – Professor Kenneth Eaton - (email with a copy to the BDEWF Secretary – Dr Nikki Patel (email


BDIA/BDEWF New Communicator Awards Winners 2021

The winners of the BDIA/BDEWF New Writers Awards for 2021 are:

For Graduate New Writers -

First prize - Charlotte Schofield for her article in Dental Hostorian on the early history of local anaesthesia.

Second prize - Melanie Pomphrett for her article in Dental Health on direct access to dental hygienists in practice: is it being widely implemneted?

There were 10 entries in this category.

For Undergraduate Writers -
Christina Wainer for her article in The British Journal of Nursing on the importance of oral hygiene for patients on mechanical ventilation.

There were 6 entries in this category.

The judges were impressed by this year's entries and the competition was fierce.