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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, is pleased to have successfully for two years run the Dental Clinical Skills Competition. 

Regional heats for the competition took place in dental schools across the UK in autumn/winter. 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 in the following spring.







At the Grand Final, the top 16 finalists, from across the UK, are tasked to undertake a broad range of clinical procedures before determining who will be crowned the overall winner at the Competition’s Grand Final Dinner. 

As well as prizes awarded to the winner and runner-ups, all participants receive a certificate of participation as well as a year's affiliation to the RCSEd's Pre-Membership Dental Affiliate Network. 

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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