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Latest news from Professor Paul Coulthard

20 October 2017

Latest news from Professor Paul Coulthard

We have had a lot of exciting activity this week at the University of Manchester.  Here is a snippet of what we have been up to.

At the University of Manchester, we have the tradition of staff giving an, ‘Inaugural Lecture’ on appointed as Professor. Next week we have Inaugural Lectures for Anne-Marie Glenny and Nicoletta Bobola. Professor Glenny was promoted some time ago and Professor Bobola more recently. The event will take place on Thursday 26 October in the Michael Smith Lecture Theatre (building 71 on the campus map), commencing 4:00 pm prompt. The Inaugural Lectures will be followed by drinks and canapes served in the Michael Smith Lounge from 5:00 pm onwards. Students are invited as well as staff.

Professor Nicoletta Bobola Title: Decisions, decisions: of yeast, mice and humans

Professor Anne-Marie Glenny Title: Oral health research: the tooth is out there.

As you will know the growing resistance of microbes to antibiotics is a real threat to future healthcare and to help raise awareness of this issue, World Antibiotic Awareness Week is occurring in early November. To mark the event the University is holding various events. Further details can be found at:

Last week’s ‘Postgraduate Welcome Meal’ at Chancellors received excellent feedback from attendees who were keen that this event continues. Thanks again to Professor Julian Yates, Wendy Gregson and Alex Webb for organizing.

All parents and guardians are advised to ensure that young children in their care are taken to see a dentist as soon as their first teeth come through, and before their first birthday. The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has its ‘Dental Check by One’ campaign now live and as you will see, has significant cross-organisational support. It’s important that students are aware of this.

The student Netball team is doing very well early in the academic year, Crazy Canines 12 - 5 Sociology! Girl of the game was Rebecca Pepper.

Professor Nick Grey gave a talk to the national Restorative Dentistry UK meeting in Birmingham yesterday about Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) in Restorative Dentistry.

Professor Kevin Seymour and Professor Nick Grey are doing four evening sessions over the next two weeks to Year 5 BDS students to feedback on their Year 4 examinations. This is the first time the School has ever given such detailed feedback and is in response to this request from students.

The Manchester Dental Student Society (MDSS) have organised an annual trade fayre event to which all students and staff are invited. This is on the first floor of the Student’s Union building on Monday 23rd October from 11.00am to 1.30pm. Various dental companies are in attendance with lots of information and freebies for everyone and there is free pizza for all who attend. See you there!

Haleema Rashid and Chandni Nakum (MDSS Co-Presidents) are also in the process of designing a new MDSS hoody for students to purchase. Alongside the University of Manchester logo and the MDSS logo, they have been granted permission to use the Cochrane Oral Health logo on this and other merchandise. The Cochrane Oral Health Group is hosted by our Dental School and this makes us unique.

I attended Dental School Council with Jackie Platt at the start of the week in Leeds. This is attended by School Deans and Senior Officers with invited representation from HEFCE and the GDC and other. Nicholas Taylor, Chair of the Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors, attended and presented ‘Advancing dentistry: reforming dental education and training’ with a talk that included a video produced by NHS Health Education England (HEE). I had previously seen this video at a meeting ten days earlier and was concerned about some of its assumptions. The wider DSC members were also concerned particularly about the short time frame for consultation and the poor communication around this. I would urge you watch the video at:

There are significant implications for Dental School by the suggested way for the NHS to deliver more and better dentistry with the same funding or less. My personal view would be that there should be a call for increased funding to increase the number of dentists produced and also increase the number of therapists and hygienists.   

DF1 mock interviews will be held in JR Moore on 3rd and 10th November 2017. This is an important part our student preparation but will inevitably cause some disruption in the building!

The next meeting of the MMS Section of Odontology is an afternoon meeting entitled ‘Surviving a Fitness to Practice: key perspectives and reflections on the process’’ being held at MANDEC on Wednesday 8th November 2017 from 1.30pm.

Best wishes,

Paul Coulthard

Head of Dentistry

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