100% Employability for Dental Graduates

Over 50 students have graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Plymouth University Peninsula Dental School – and all of them have graduated with jobs in dentistry to go to. 

Over a third of them have secured jobs as qualified dentists at practices throughout Devon and Cornwall.

The class of 2013 has done justice to the innovative course at the Peninsula Dental School, which when it opened in 2007 was the first new dental school in the UK for 40 years. 

Some of the graduating cohort have managed extraordinary achievements. Julia Bernardo was runner-up in the national Dentsply Academy CeramX Case Contest this year following her presentation of her clinical work using composite resin for a patient in Plymouth. This prestigious prize reflects her excellent clinical skills and patient management.

Edward Nussey won the BDA Cornwall Section Year 3 prize for critical thinking (best oral and written presentation combined mark). As a result of this he was nominated to represent the Dental School in the BDA/Dentsply Student Clinician Awards 2013, a national competition which took place in March in London at the BDA. 

Etienne Botha has, in addition to graduating from the Dental School, completed the first part of the Intercollegiate Surgery Exams. Etienne will go on to take the Objective Structured Clinical Examination in April which will make him a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. He has also completed the Basic Surgical Skills course and the Basic Anatomy of the Head and Neck course.

This summer he will start core surgical training at Weston General Hospital in Weston-Super-Mare, followed by Senior House Officer positions in maxillo-facial surgery before applying for Registrar training in the discipline. His ultimate goal is to become a consultant in maxillo-facial surgery. 

Professor Christopher Tredwin, Head of the School of Dentistry at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, commented: “Our congratulations go to our entire graduating cohort this year, who have managed to raise the bar of excellence still further and who have proven their employability by each and every one of them getting a job in dentistry. Their achievements are the culmination of a hugely successful academic year for us, which has seen the formation of the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, the recruitment of internationally recognised academics to our research team, and our Dental Education Facilities in Derriford (Plymouth) and Truro the first of their kind to pass a Clinical Quality Care inspection.”

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