Women’s History Month Profiles – Nikki Atack

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Naomi Douglas and Chloe Poole (UBDSS), in collaboration with the ED&I Committee, asked some of our female staff to reflect on their careers, achievements, inspirations, and challenges they’ve overcome. This is just a small portion of the inspiring women that we work with at Bristol Dental School.

The next in our series is Nikki Atack.

What advice would you give your dental student/younger self?
Remember you don’t have to always try to ‘fit-in’, it’s OK to be yourself.

What’s the greatest achievement of your career so far?
I was recently elected President of the British Orthodontic Society, only the second women to hold this position.

Which women have inspired you in your career?
Helen Knight, Consultant Orthodontist, who was my orthodontic supervisor when I was a dental undergraduate.

What have been the biggest challenges or triumphs for you during the pandemic? (at work or personally)
Moving the orthodontic undergraduate teaching programme on-line at the start of lock-down and then subsequently adapting the teaching to fit with the COVID restrictions whilst still trying to make the teaching engaging.

If you’d like to contribute to this blog series, simply email your answers (and an image of yourself) to ords-swan@bristol.ac.uk.

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