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RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition

Regional heats for the competition will take place in dental schools across the UK and Ireland from October to December 2018. During the heats, final year dental students will have the opportunity to showcase their clinical skills with the best student from each heat winning a travel and accommodation package to compete in the Grand Final in Edinburgh on 28 February 2019. The winner of the Grand Final will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the Chicago Dental Society Conference AND a Digital SLR camera designed for intraoral photography! The runner up will receive an all expenses paid trip to visit sponsor Dentsply Sirona's facilities in Switzerland.  


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2017/18 Grand Final 


All registrants will receive a certificate of participation as well as two years’ Affiliation with the College. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners-up from each heat. 

Heats will take place at the following dental schools: 





Heat Winner

University of Aberdeen

Wednesday 31 October 2018


 Glen Ward

Queens University Belfast

Thursday 13 December 2018


 Li Chi Teng

 University of Birmingham

Monday 22 October 2018


 Bhawandeep Singh

University of Bristol

Wednesday 28 November 2018


 Michelle Cham

Cardiff University

Wednesday 12 December 2018


 Sara Hussain 

Cork University Dental School

Monday 3 December 2018


 Janine Koutsaris

Trinity College Dublin

Friday 7 December 2018


 Usman Hussain

University of Dundee

Monday 17 December 2018


 Pei Jia Loh 

University of Glasgow

Tuesday 11 December 2018


 Grant Rutherford

Kings College London

Monday 22 October 2018


 Jolynn Koh

University of Leeds

Thursday 8 November 2018


 Esme Grange

University of Liverpool

Tuesday 25 September 2018


Aiden Yates

University of Manchester

Tuesday 30 October 2018


 Modhi Aldihani

Newcastle University

Wednesday 24 October 2018


 David Cobbett

Plymouth University

Wednesday 28 November 2018


 Martyna Polus

Queen Mary, University of London

Wednesday 10 October 2018


 Samarth Shetty

University of Sheffield

Wednesday 3 October 2018


Daniel Crocker

University of Central Lancashire

Friday 23 November 2018


 Viveca Valimaa


Mr Brian Nattress"The clinical skills competition really captures the students' enthusiasm and drive, challenging a range of key clinical dental skills - it's the dental schools' equivalent of the British bake- off!" said Mr Brian Nattress, "There's a real sense of excitement at the regional heats and a great atmosphere watching the students compete against each other. I am looking forward to seeing the students in action and witnessing again the great sense of camaraderie as they compete alongside colleagues from other dental schools. I am confident the students will have a thoroughly enjoyable experience as their clinical skills are challenged to the full!" 



  Gerry Campbell, VP and General Manager UK, Dentsply Sirona commented: "Following last year’s successful Dental Skills Competition, we are honoured and delighted to continue our partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to celebrate the talented dental clinicians of tomorrow. This competition continues to bring the best out of students. Through our continued commitment to providing innovative solutions for better, faster, safer dentistry and our expansive education programme, it is our desire and privilege to support dental professionals throughout their career."




"A major aim of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is to set and quality assure the highest standards of clinical care for the dental profession. We recognise many levels of postgraduate clinical training with the awards of Membership and Fellowship. This competition is an outstanding example of ensuring the standards are constantly being challenged and updated; it represents the targeting of professional standards within the student body and supports the networking opportunities essential for clinicians in these changing times. RCSEd is very keen to complement the basic dental skills delivered at the undergraduate level in the UK and to help develop self-improvement in post-graduation dentistry.” – Fraser McDonald, Dental Dean RCSEd 


“I think the highlight of the grand final was the relaxed nature of the tasks we were performing. Just enjoying the experience and chatting with the College staff and Faculty made the afternoon really enjoyable. Spending time with students from other dental schools was also brilliant and we had a really enjoyable afternoon and evening.” Joe Reid, 2017-18 Competition Winner 





Previous Winners 

2017-2018 RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition top three from left to right: Ammar Zaki (third place) University of Liverpool, Joe Reid (winner) Newcastle University, and Rowan Glossop (second place) University of Central Lancashire. 

Read more about the Grand Final 2018.

2016-2017 RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition top three from left to right: Stewart McLean (third place) University of Central Lancashire, Edward Newton (winner) University of Birmingham, and Marc Harrington (second place) Queen’s University Belfast.

 Read more about the Grand Final 2017.

2015-2016 Winners

2015-2016 RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition top three from left to right: Cara Turner (third place), University of Bristol School of Oral and Dental Sciences; James McParlane (winner), University of Central Lancashire School of Dentistry and Alice Hamilton (second), University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry.


 Read more about the Grand Final 2016 

2013-2014 Winners

2013-2014 RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition top three from left to right: Manas Hamal (third place), Cardiff University; Hannah Crane (winner), University of Sheffield and Lloyd Bovensipen (second place), Newcastle University.  


 Read more about the Grand Final 2014 

For further information about the competition, contact outreach@rcsed.ac.uk or telephone 0131 668 9213 or telephone 0131 527 1644.

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