First-Ever Dental Skills Competition Reflects Rise of Females in Dentistry

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05 Mar 2014

An interactive, first-of-its-kind dental skills competition organised by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College has a whopping 72% female finalists converging from all around the UK.

The event, taking place this Thursday 6 March, will see a group of elite dental students from all corners of Britain competing in a series of challenges to test their abilities. After a series of regional heats, the exciting finale will take place at the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the 500+ year old Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (, which has also recorded a growing new female membership over its long history.

It has been estimated that over half of all UK dentists in 2020 will be women* – and the RCSEd; which later this month opens its first centre of operations in Birmingham to cater for the 80% of its membership based in England and Wales; is already ahead of the curve with 45% of its own dental Faculty being female.

The groundbreaking competition; sponsored by dental products giant Dentsply (; will see students from Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and other areas face a number of intense challenges over two and a half hours.  

The winner will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting, there will be runner-up prizes and all participants will receive a year’s Affiliation with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

According to Dean of the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery Richard Ibbetson;

“We are dedicated to providing the widest and most comprehensive training opportunities for aspiring dentists – so we are delighted to hold this exciting UK-wide competition offering the next generation of dentists a chance to showcase their knowledge and skills.”


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is the oldest surgical corporation in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter and on Facebook

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or In March 2014, a new base opened in Birmingham, catering to the 80% of the College’s UK membership who are based in England and Wales.

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