Dentistry at Queen’s is number 1 in the 2015 National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) gathers students' opinions on the quality of their university courses each year.  In the 2015 survey, Dentistry at Queen's University Belfast scored 100% overall satisfaction amongst the most recent final year undergraduate class.  This meant that Dentistry at Queen's University Belfast was ranked number 1 amongst Dental Schools throughout the United Kingdom.

Professor Donald Burden, Director of the Centre for Dentistry commented "These results reflect the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the entire dental teaching team in Queen's University Belfast.  Among all university undergraduate degree courses, dentistry is recognised as one of the most complex and demanding courses to deliver.  However these NSS results confirm that the dental teaching team has the ability and the resilience to continually improve and enhance our BDS degree programme."

The NSS is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and contributes to public accountability, helps inform prospective students and provides data designed to assist institutions in enhancing the student experience.  Further information can be found here:


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High praise for Dentistry at Queen's in the 2016 Guardian University Guide

Dentistry at Queen’s University Belfast has been ranked as number 2 across the United Kingdom in the most recent Guardian University Guide.  Compared with the other 14 UK dental schools, Dentistry at Queen’s scored particularly highly in teaching satisfaction, student feedback and student to staff ratio.  As illustrated by the data, 100% of Queen’s Dental Graduates were employed 6 months after graduation. 

Further information can be found here:  

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Queen’s University Belfast hosts major international dental conference

Dentists from around the world gathered at Queen’s for a landmark dental conference in October 2015.  Queens University Belfast hosted the combined annual meeting of the European College of Gerodontology, the Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry, and the Specialist Registrars in Restorative Dentistry Group and marked the first time that any of these organisations have gathered in Ireland, north or south.

Experts from North and South America, Europe and Asia will discussed issues including the economic challenges of our ageing population and clinical topics including dental implants, periodontal disease and head and neck oncology. The meeting was opened by Professor Patrick Johnston, Vice-Chancellor and President of Queen’s University Belfast.  Speakers included Professor Jimmy Steele who, along with his clinical and academic work, has held a number of external roles, including leading the ‘Review of NHS Dental Services in England’ for the Government in 2009, and subsequently worked with the Department of Health to pilot and consider implementation of the recommendations.  Also addressing the conference was Professor Finbarr Allen, recently appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and Director of the National University Centre for Oral Health in Singapore.  

Dr Gerry McKenna, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Queen’s University Belfast, and currently President of the European College of Gerodontology, said: “To bring this amount of world-level expertise and talent to Belfast is incredible. Queen’s is very proud to be hosting this event, which is of international significance. In many parts of the world we have an ageing population, with all sorts of knock-on issues for society, geriatric dentistry being one of them, so this conference could not be more timely.  It also comes at a great time for Dentistry at Queen’s. After a substantial refurbishment, facilities at the School are now among the most modern in Europe. The new clinical techniques lab, in particular, provides an exceptional teaching environment for undergraduates where they can learn and develop their clinical skills under close supervision before embarking on treatment for their patients.”


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Information on how to get dental treatment by undergraduate students

Queen’s University Dental School is offering dental treatment for adults who require straightforward treatment as part of the School’s student dentist training programme.

Could I have treatment at the Dental School?

If you would like free dental treatment by students-in-training, you:

  • must be available during the day - appointments begin at 9am and 1.45pm in term times and are likely to take at least 1 hour
  • must be able to come to all your appointments.  If you are unable to come to an appointment, an alternative date may not be offered as students have a limited time to complete their treatments.

If you meet these criteria, you will be given an initial appointment for an examination. This will assess whether you can be treated by students. It is not a consultation for treatment options.

If you are suitable you will have your treatment planned and will be allocated to a student. At the end of treatment, you will be discharged from the student clinic.

If your dental needs are not suitable for student treatment, you will be advised that you need to find a local dentist.

Types of treatments students can provide

You may be eligible if you require straightforward treatment such as:

  •        routine fillings
  •        simple gum treatment
  •        root canal fillings
  •        crowns

This service is not suitable if you need:

  •        dentures
  •        dental implants
  •        tooth whitening
  •        orthodontics

Is treatment by a student different?

Students work more slowly than a dentist so your appointment will take longer and you may need several appointments. However, all students' work is checked at relevant stages, so you can be sure that you are receiving a good standard of care.

How can I get an appointment?

If you meet our criteria above, you can request an assessment appointment and further information by contacting the appointments team,

By telephone on:  02890632733
By e-mail at:


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Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI, award inaugural Professor John McGimpsey Prize

This photograph shows Caoimhe (centre) receiving her Award from Professor Donald Burden, Director Centre for Dental Education, Queens University Belfast (right) and Professor Gerard Kearns, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI (left). The photograph in the background shows the late Professor McGimpsey.

The Faculty of Dentistry at RCSI recognises the talent and potential of our dental students. This year, the Faculty awarded the Professor John McGimpsey Prize for the first time to Ms Caoimhe McVeigh, a final year dental student at Queen’s University Belfast. Professor John McGimpsey, Consultant in Oral Sugery, was Director of Teaching & Learning/ Department Head at the Queen’s University and Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI, from 1998 – 2001.

The Faculty of Dentistry at RCSI is committed to the pursuit of excellence in dentistry both in Ireland and overseas. Recognising the potential of our dental students, the Faculty of Dentistry fosters a drive for excellence by awarding prizes, on an annual basis, to outstanding students within our dental schools. Further details of the Faculty, including further qualifications that may be gained by dentists, are available on


Left to right: Professor Kearns (Dean Faculty of Dentistry RCSI), Ms Caoimhe McVeigh (Award recipient), Mrs Pippa McGimpsey, Dr Peter Cowan (CEO and Former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry RCSI).


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Advice for staff and students: suspected cases of Meningococcal Meningitis

The University and the Public Health Agency (PHA) were informed at the weekend of a case of meningococcal meningitis in a Queen’s University student. Since then a second suspected case of the disease has been reported. The Senior Medical Officer of the University has been working closely with the PHA since the weekend to ensure the effective implementation of necessary actions.

All appropriate Public Health and University measures have been taken and preventative antibiotics have been organised for contacts. Both students are in first year Dentistry and steps have been taken to offer antibiotics to all students in first year Dentistry and first year Medicine who share lectures, as a precautionary measure.

Although not particularly common in this age group, all young people aged 16-24 years old, particularly those attending University need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

Staff and students who may experience symptoms including severe headache, dislike of bright lights, vomiting, neck stiffness, a non-blanching rash and drowsiness should contact their GP or local A&E department immediately. Staff, students and young people should also watch out for these signs and symptoms in their friends.

The Public Health Agency and the University continue to work together to monitor the situation and will take further action if necessary.

Students should note that all classes are continuing as normal.

Further meningitis information can be found on the Health Protection website at or

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