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RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition

Open for registrations! 

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Faculty of Dental Surgery, in partnership with Dentsply Sirona, is pleased to announce our fourth Dental Clinical Skills Competition. 

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

During the heats, final year dental students will 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. At the Grand Final, the top 18 finalists from across the UK and Ireland will undertake a broad range of clinical procedures before determining who will be 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 will be awarded to the winner and runner-ups of each heat. 

Register for the competition





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



University of Aberdeen

17 January 2018 (rescheduled from November)


University of Leeds

17 January 2018


King’s College London

29 January 2018


If the heat you wish to register for is currently TBC, please email outreach@rcsed.ac.uk and we will inform you as soon as a date has been confirmed.


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. 


Professor William Saunders"One of the major aims of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is to set and quality assure the highest standards for the dental profession, and recognise that with the award of Membership and Fellowship," says Professor William Saunders, Dean of the Dental Faculty at the RCSEd. "This competition is a shining example of ensuring that those standards are constantly being challenged and updated, with students benefitting from the networking opportunities it brings. RCSEd is very keen to interact with the undergraduate dental schools in the UK and this competition provides an excellent way for dental students to become engaged with us. We are most grateful to Dentsply Sirona for their collaboration to make this competition possible." 

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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