Dental education in the UK is world-renowned and the standard of graduates from UK dental schools is very high.
What makes UK dental education so unique is the individuality of the dental schools. While they all work towards meeting a common standard, which is set by the regulator, no two dental degrees are the same. This variation can be in areas such as course structure, the types of placements offered and teaching styles used. In these ways each dental school is able to build its own set of values into its training, and contribute graduates to a dental workforce which can provide the many services required by the National Health Service.
The Dental Schools Council provides a national voice on issues which affect dental education, helping the individual dental schools make their experience a part of that voice. It is this balance of collaboration and independence which ensures the continued high quality of dental education in the UK.
Each dental school has staff who specialise in education. It is they who manage the curricula and make sure that graduates are able to meet the needs of their future roles as dentists. The heads of dental education from member dental schools work together as the Education Leads.
Areas of work include:
- Preparedness for Practice
- Graduate passport/portfolio
- EDI and widening participation