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Faculty departments a nd schools

Achieving Excellence Faculty staff and students are organised into departments and schools, described in the pages that follow.

School of Clinical Dentistry

The School of Clinical Dentistry is one of the top dentistry schools in the UK. We admit over 100 undergraduate students each year to study on our five-year BDS programme or our 27-month Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. We welcome postgraduate students to a wide range of taught courses and research degrees. We also run the largest widening participation programme in the UK for encouraging young people to enter careers in dentistry.

We achieved an ‘excellent’ (23/24) rating in the most recent QAA Subject Review exercise and in a recent independent review of teaching we were described as ‘an excellent school of international calibre’. The School was ranked No.1 for dentistry in the Independent’s Complete University Guide 2010 and our students are amongst the most satisfied in the UK – the 2009 National Student Satisfaction Survey placed us first in the UK for student satisfaction in dentistry. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, 70 percent of our research was graded as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Our students and staff benefit from first-class facilities. The School of Clinical Dentistry and the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital have recently completed a £14.5 million redevelopment, opened in 2008, with state-of-the-art core research facilities, seminar rooms and offices.

We collaborate widely with a number of industrial partners (eg Dentaplex, Ondine Pharma, GSK, Renovo Group plc), and with international universities including San Paulo, Stockholm, Toronto, Yale and Rice (USA).

Life-time achievement awards in dentistry have been awarded to two members of our staff: Professor Richard van Noort and Professor Geoffrey Craig were both awarded the John Tomes Medal of the British Dental Association in 2009.

Our research

The aim of our research is to enhance oral health through improved disease prevention and treatments. To achieve this, our focus is to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of oral disease and its social context and methods and to translate this understanding to the clinic. We have a strong base of non-clinical scientists and key senior clinical staff. We work closely with industry to encourage knowledge transfer and have developed a network of collaboration with other centres of excellence. This strategy has led to recognition of a number of areas of work as world class or internationally excellent.

Our research is organised into four thematic groups, each involving interdisciplinary research: Oral Biomaterials; Oral Neuroscience; Oral Disease; and Dental Public Health. The key areas of focus of the groups are:

Oral Disease • Infection and disease • Oral Cancer

Oral Neuroscience • Pain mechanisms • Nerve injury

Oral Biomaterials • Biocompatibility and tissue engineering • Custom prostheses for surgery

Dental Public Health • Oral health and quality of life • Children's and young people’s oral health • Evaluation of health-care objectives.

Improving people’s oral health outcomes is at the heart of our research. Our work has resulted in improved techniques for cost-effective production of stronger denture material, thereby reducing the substantial cost of repairing dentures, and in safer glass and ceramics for use in surgery. In addition we are developing customised maxillofacial prostheses for patients suffering from facial deformities. Our research has shown how to enhance recovery and reduce the pain associated with common trigeminal nerve injuries and laboratory studies have advanced our understanding of mechanisms underlying other types of chronic pain.


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