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A week in the life of a dental dean

14 July 2017

A week in the life of a dental dean

For this week’s article we are joined once again by Professor Paul Coulthard, Head of Dentistry at the University of Manchester, who returns to give us an insight into the latest news from the School of Dentistry. This week Paul reflects on the graduation ceremonies for the BSc, BDS and Masters programmes.

We had Graduation Ceremony on Monday for conferment of degrees for our BSc, BDS and Masters programmes. We had Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday for our PhD degrees. Many thanks to Hilary Firestone and Nick Silikas for presenting the graduands! The University of Manchester Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement is awarded to the top student in each graduating year based solely on academic performance and consists of a certificate and a cheque for £1,000. The prestigious award reflects exceptional performance. For the School of Medical Sciences the award went to Manas Dave from Dentistry! Each year the University of Manchester presents the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award, the highest accolade bestowed upon members of our postgraduate researcher community. I am pleased to report that Fang Hua received this award! Fang’s PhD study was supervised by Professors Helen Worthington, Anne-Marie Glenny and Dr Tanya Walsh.

We had a wonderful Reception in the Marquee when prize giving took place with Professor Kevin Seymour, Dr Margaret Kellett (for SOMANDA) and Dr Iain Hunt (for FGDP). Many congratulations for all the BSc and BDS students who won prizes. I also attended the reception with our partner Healthcare Learning at the Principal Hotel for the Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry MSc graduates and presented prizes for academic performance.

All three years of students on the MSc in Periodontology had their Case Presentation Examinations this week. The structured Oral Examinations for the MSc in Endodontics were also this week. Resit examinations for undergraduate years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be taking place next week.

On Tuesday evening we had a Barbeque for all postgraduate students at Chancellors Hotel. We were also joined by our Boston Visitors.

I had a meeting about undergraduate Admissions and attended the School Executive Committee (finance and appointments). There was also a PGT Consortium meeting this week.

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) updated ‘Conscious Sedation in Dentistry Guidance’ is now published and available at:

The Commissioning guide working group that I Chaired also has its publication ‘Commissioning Dental Services: Service standards for Conscious Sedation in a primary care setting’ on line at:

This evening I will be hosting the Farewell Dinner for students Diala Chahine, Bakr Amin, Sarah Kim and Caroline Michaels and Professor Michelle Henshawe visiting from Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston. The visit has gone really well and everyone involved has found it a really rewarding experience. Our visitors have been particularly impressed with the welcome shown by our students and asked me to pass on their thanks. Thank you too to Dr Neil Patel, Clinical Lecturer in Evidence-Based Practice for International Dental Education, and Teresa Smith for the superb organization of the visitors’ programme. Our four students together with Hugh Devlin and Neil Patel will be visiting Boston next month. There is so much to learn from each other from exchanges like this. Whilst we share the same language between the US and UK, the heath care systems are so very different!

The joint University Dental Hospital and Dental School Clinical Effectiveness and Audit (ACE) day meeting is next Friday 21st July at 9.00am in Lecture theatre B, Simon Building. Third and Fourth Year BDS undergraduate students are required to attend. This day has been specifically arranged as a joint student and staff event. Postgraduate students on MSc programmes are also invited to attend. A student register of attendance will be taken as usual. The day will finish at 3.15pm for students whilst continuing till 5.00pm for staff.

NHS England have announced this week that the ‘Clinical Entrepreneur Training Programme’ previously open only to medics has been opened up to healthcare scientists and dentists. Over the past year 103 junior doctors have developed their ideas and their business skills through the clinical entrepreneur programme. Now applications are opening up to healthcare scientists and dentists. This offers a great opportunity and the CDO, Sara Hurley, has a comment in the headlines found at this link:

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