Dental Students Brace Themselves for Competition

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01 Oct 2019

RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, together with sponsors Dentsply Sirona, is delighted to announce the launch of its award-winning Dental Clinical Skills Competition which will run in dental schools across the UK and Ireland this autumn/winter 2019.

The competition won the Innovation Award at the Scottish Dental Awards in 2019, which recognises those who push the boundaries of dentistry and find innovative ways to provide excellent patient care.

Aiming to discover the UK and Ireland’s best undergraduate dentist, heats will take place in 18 UK and Irish dental schools from October to December 2019. During these heats final year dental students will have the opportunity to showcase their clinical dental skills and the winner from each heat will be offered a travel and accommodation package to compete in the Grand Final of the competition taking place at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on Thursday 5 March 2020.

RCSEd hopes the competition will complement the basic dental skills delivered at the undergraduate level in the UK and Ireland, and help develop self-improvement in post-graduation dentistry.

Explaining more about the competition, Dean of RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, Professor Fraser McDonald said:

“The Dental Skills competition is a unique competition for aspiring young dentists to attempt practical evaluations in areas not often assessed in their normal environment. It allows access to the ambiance of the Royal College and its distinctive backdrop and buildings. Friendships forged in this arena are lifelong.”

Gerry Campbell, VP and General Manager UK at 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.”

The Grand Final of the competition will be followed by a dinner in the 500-year-old Edinburgh College at which presentations will be made to the winner and two runners-up.  All participants in the competition will receive a certificate of participation and two year’s affiliation with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

After a series of tests designed to push the finalist's skills to the maximum, last year’s competition was won by Newcastle University student David Cobbett who said:

“It was a great opportunity to practice practical skills we don’t often get to experience. I am very interested in learning more advanced aspects of dentistry after I graduate and so I hope that courses provided by the College could help me with that.”

Registration to participate is open now and details of which Dental Schools are taking part in this competition can be found on the RCSEd website.

To find out more about the Dental Skills Competition, visit or follow on social media via #DentalSkillsComp.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of almost 29,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with 11,000 professionals based in England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through 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.

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Issued by Beattie on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For further information, please contact the team on or Emma Bain on 07730 415 096.   

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