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UWI Dental Lecturer Dr. Trudy Hoyte makes International Links for Dental Education

For Release Upon Receipt - September 1, 2022

St. Augustine


Dr. Trudee Hoyte

Dr. Trudee Hoyte, lecturer on the Orthodontic programme at the St. Augustine Campus of The UWI Dental School


ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Thursday 1 September, 2022 - UWI Alumni make a difference wherever they go! The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus congratulates alumna Dr. Trudee Hoyte who, in March 2022, was appointed International Dental Ambassador to the Caribbean Region by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. After years of success in surgical education in the United Kingdom, The Royal College is reaching out to assist other countries in developing their Dental Teams (specialists, dentists, technicians, hygienists and assistants). Dr Hoyte is spearheading the provision of continuing education and greater access to college examinations for members of the Dental Team in the Caribbean Region. The College is also keen to assist The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Dental School develop postgraduate programmes. 

Dr. William Smith, Director School of Dentistry The UWI St. Augustine Campus said “We applaud the recognition received by Dr. Hoyte by UK universities and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We are proud that she is flying the flag of the UWI high as an alumnus of the UWI School of Dentistry, St. Augustine. It is yet another example that the undergraduate educational foundation at St. Augustine prepares dentists to excel in their postgraduate endeavours abroad. We expect great things of Dr. Hoyte as she brings postgraduate educational opportunities from the Royal College closer to the Caribbean dental fraternity.” 

Hoyte, a graduate of The UWI Dental School and UWI Lecturer in the Orthodontic programme was also appointed as an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. She is also an Honorary Clinical lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, teaching on the Postgraduate Orthodontic programme. She also supervises MPhil and PhD candidates at Cardiff University. Further, Dr. Hoyte has been appointed as a Dental Alumni Ambassador for The Americas by The University of Dundee where she will be making more international links. 

She graduated in Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The UWI Dental School and went on to attain her Master of Science in Dentistry (MScD) Orthodontics at Cardiff University. She received her Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) and Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) board certifications from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 2013 she was awarded FDS from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, after which she obtained her postgraduate certificate in medical sciences education at the University of Dundee. 

She continued her education at the University of Dundee and, in July 2020, Dr. Hoyte was awarded her PhD and became one of the Alumni Ambassadors for the Americas. 


About The UWI

 The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)