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RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Faculty of Dental Surgery, in partnership with Dentsply Sirona, has held our fourth Dental Clinical Skills Competition. 

Regional heats for the competition took place in dental schools across the UK and Ireland in autumn/winter 2017 - 2018. During the heats, final year dental students showcased 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 8 March 2018. 

During the heats, final year dental students showcased their clinical skills with the best student from each heat winning a travel and accommodation package to compete in the Grand Final in Edinburgh. At the Grand Final, the top 18 finalists from across the UK and Ireland undertook a broad range of clinical procedures before determining, with Newcastle University's Joe Reid being crowned the overall winner at the competition’s Grand Final Awards Dinner.

All registrants will receive a certificate of participation, two years’ Affiliation with the College and discounted priority places on the Part 1 and Part 2 MFDS Exam Preparatory Courses run by the College in Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh. Prizes were awarded to the winner and runner-ups of each heat.  





Queen Mary University of London

11 October 2017


Jed Lee

University of Sheffield

18 October 2017


Ashish Parmar 

University of Central Lancashire

10 November 2017


Rowan Glossop 
Cork University Dental School 27 November 2017 Afternoon Shannon Godfrey 

University of Birmingham

27 November 2017

Afternoon Rhonan Green 
Plymouth University 29 November 2017 Evening Rumandeep Dhillon 

University of Manchester

30 November 2017


Sameer Bashir 
University of Bristol 6 December 2017 Afternoon Lindsay Martin 
Newcastle University 6 December 2017 Evening Joe Reid 
Queen’s University Belfast 7 December 2017 Evening Catherine Black 
Trinity College Dublin 8 December 2017 Afternoon Vignesh Eswara Murty 

University of Glasgow

12 December 2017


Iain Ogilvie  
University of Liverpool 12 December 2017 Evening Ammar Zaki  

Cardiff University

13 December 2017


Kieran Walker  

University of Dundee

15 December 2017


Ingvil Fiona Ofstad 

University of Aberdeen

17 January 2018 (rescheduled from November)

Afternoon Jillian Henderson

University of Leeds

17 January 2018

Evening  Katy Galloway 

King’s College London

29 January 2018

Evening Rosalyn Thomas




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 & 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 


Previous Winners 


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  


Read more about the 2017 Finalists  

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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