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Institute of Dentistry - Barts and The London

Miss Sarah Murray, MBE, MA, Dip DH, Dip DT, SFHEA


Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead Dental Care Professionals

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8154
Room Number: Office 3, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


As a clinical academic I am focused and committed to providing high quality academic and clinical teaching within ever challenging NHS and Higher Education environments. I have many years of experience of managing and teaching dental care professionals who are undertaking Diploma programmes in relation to Oral Health, with a registrable qualifications as Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists. I am also currently managing and teaching the Certificate in Oral Health Education programme, which is a distance learning programme, primarily targeted towards qualified Dental Nurses who wish to expand their knowledge and skills. In 2003 I was recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am a leading dental hygienist/therapist in the UK, with a substantial professional reputation gained over many years through working in collaboration with dental leaders and organisations. I was awarded the coveted title of ‘Hygienist of the Year’ in 2007 which is recognition by dental leaders. I work with a number of national organisations and professional bodies to promote dental hygienists and therapists both at undergraduate and post-registration level. (General Dental Council, Faculty of General Dental Practice Royal College of Surgeons UK).

I am a regular contributor to dental journals, particularly the Dental Health Journal, which is the the Journal of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. I have also contributed a chapter to the 2nd edition of The Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene and Therapy published in the Spring of 2012.



Sarah has extensive experience in teaching both undergraduate and graduate dental students and lectured both nationally and internationally. She lead’s on the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy in addition to being a joint theme lead for the Professionalism, Teamwork and Social Responsibility throughout the 5 year BDS curriculum.


Research Interests:

Current research at QMUL is exploring the role social responsibility plays within the undergraduate curriculum.

Previously, Sarah has been successful in being awarded a number of research grants which have centred around the role Dental Care Professionals play in prevention.

 2017: MBE for services to oral health

 2013: British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Dr Leatherman Award

 2013: Outstanding Contribution to Dental Hygiene and Therapy Award at the Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards

 2007: Hygienist of the Year awarded by The Probe


Murray S & Chana B (2012) Preventive Dentistry In S Noble Ed (2012) Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene & Therapy. Wiley Blackwell. Chapter 11

 Pau A, Olley R, Murray S, Gallagher J (2011) Dental hygienists reported performance of tobacco cessation activities. Oral Health Prev Dent. 9, 2011, No 1, pp29-36

 Murray, S. (2010) Dental Hygienist’s performance of tobacco cessation activities in the primary dental care environment. Int. J Dent Hygiene 8, 2010, p195

 Lewis MAO, Murray, S. (2008) Safety of alcohol-containing mouthwashes: A review of the evidence. Dental Health. Jan 2006 Vol. 45 No 1 pp 5-8

 Lewis MAO, Murray, S. (2008) Safety of alcohol-containing mouthwashes: A review of the evidence. Preventive Dentistry Vol. 3, No 2 pp 55-57

 Lewis MAO, Murray, S (2008) Mouthwash or Moonshine? The Dentist Vol. 24, No 6 June 2008 pp70-74

 Murray, S (2007) Full Mouth Disinfection: What’s it all about? Dental Nursing Vol 3, No 7 September 2007 pp388-39


Murray S & Jeavons C (2006) Preventive Dentistry in R Ireland Ed (2006) Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene & Therapy. Blackwell. Chapter 11