About the survey
The Dental Clinical Academic Staff Survey is a way for institutions such as universities, hospitals and research funders to understand the current pool of clinical academics. With this information they can better plan for the future of clinical academia, ensuring that it continues to benefit patient care.
Historically this information was not collected in a coordinated way, so recognising shortfalls in particular specialities was difficult. The first survey was undertaken in 2000 and the Dental Schools Council assumed responsibility for the survey in 2003, after which it has been undertaken annually. Over the same period, the Medical Schools Council has conducted a survey into the numbers of dental clinical academics.
The reports include analysis by clinical specialty, vacancies, dental school /region, funding source, age, gender and ethnicity. They chart how staffing has changed in these respects over time and offer a guide for which elements could be addressed in future.
The 2018 Dental Clinical Academic Survey (using 2017 data) is now available and can be accessed here.
Previous PDF versions of the survey can be found in the publications section.