School of Dentistry

Welcome to the School of Dentistry! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting and returning to your studies.

Make sure you read the ‘All students’ info first – this covers things like tasks you need to complete before the start of term, safety procedures on your course and where to go for more information or support.

Then scroll to the section that applies to you – ‘New student’ or ‘Returning student’. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need.

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, find your faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started

All students

What do I need to do before I arrive?

You will need to register online, whether you’re a new or returning student and you will be sent information on how to do this shortly. If you’re a new student, you need to make sure you read your Welcome Guide and complete all the tasks outlined.

Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions? 

Some lectures and teaching activities will be delivered digitally, but many teaching activities and all clinical lab sessions and clinics will be delivered face-to-face, and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available. On entry to the Worsley Building there will be a requirement to comply with the COVID-19 recommendations, which may include wearing a mask and observing social distancing. Specialist teaching will take place in the clinical skills laboratories where you will be expected to wear appropriate PPE.

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

Any clinical skills sessions will require PPE and we will let you know in plenty of time what these will be and how they will be managed.

How will I have my say on my programme and school?

A Student-Staff Partnership Forum is held four times a year and if you have any issues or general queries, they can be sent via your Year Rep (who are elected by students) to speak on your behalf on the Forum. You can also contact the Programme Lead at any time.

Where can I go for support? 

School Student Education Services

Dentistry Student Support – denstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk

Dentistry Programme Support dentprogsupport@leeds.ac.uk

Dentistry Admissions – dentistryadmissions@leeds.ac.uk 

Dentistry Assessment – denexams@leeds.ac.uk

Dentistry Timetabling –  denttimetable@leeds.ac.uk

Dentistry Attendance – denloa@leeds.ac.uk 

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Adviser – Liz Bridger (E.Bridger@leeds.ac.uk)

Dental Surgery Programme Leads 

Randa Jaradat – R.Jaradat@leeds.ac.uk 

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Co-Programme Leads 

Leean Morrow – L.Morrow@leeds.ac.uk

Stuart Boomer – S.Boomer@leeds.ac.uk (deputy)

University Wellbeing Support

Student Counselling and Wellbeing services 

Disability Services 

International Student Advice and Support

LUU Student Advice Centre

School Study Support

Denstudy – denstudy@leeds.ac.uk

You may also contact your academic personal tutor.

University Study Support

Skills@Library

I’m a new student 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

Your induction timetable will be available from the first day of Induction week and will be emailed to you as part of your welcome pack. It will include the times for your introductory lecture and various other welcome sessions with The Dental Society

How will I meet my academic personal tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work? 

You will get a welcome email from your academic personal tutor within your first month at the University and they will arrange to meet you online, for example, in a Microsoft Teams meeting. Your academic personal tutor is there to support your general academic and personal development, and will plan in regular one-to-one meetings with you throughout the academic year.

How will I find out more about my programme? 

During Induction week and the introductory lecture, you will find out a lot more about your programme and will be given the opportunity to make contact with your academic personal tutor.

How will I get to know other students? 

The Dental Society is arranging lots of social sessions in Induction week and these will be listed on your induction timetable. There will be some virtual activities for each of the programmes as well.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me in Dentistry?

All the details of your School’s welcome activities will be on your induction timetable, which will be sent to your new University of Leeds email address in the start of September.

Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it?

It’s really useful for you to have your own PC or laptop so you can access all of the University’s resources and online learning programs*. These include:

  • MINERVA - a virtual learning environment where individual programme modules can be found by name or code number
  • Office 365- where you can access your email account and Microsoft Teams, as well as other MS Office programs. Teams is particularly useful to have, as it may be used during induction, teaching and personal tutor meetings.  It can be downloaded as an app on your phone or tablet and can also be accessed on a web browser.
  • MS Teams – We use MS Teams for meetings/seminars. It can be downloaded on your phone and/or laptop. 

*You’ll receive more information on these systems during your induction.

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer?

Course Representatives are elected by the student body to represent the views on their course. It's their job to represent the views of their course mates at course rep meetings on different academic matters, such as the curriculum and timetabling. You can speak to your School Reps for more information on how to apply. The School Reps for 2022/23 are:

Dental Surgery Years 1-3 -- Yee Wen Goh dn20ywg@leeds.ac.uk
Dental Surgery Years 4-5 -- Kirti Karavadra dn19kk@leeds.ac.uk
Dental Hygiene and Therapy -- Ellena Jackson (DHDT) dn20e@leeds.ac.uk

Are there any societies I can join for the school/programme? 

Yes, the Dental Society (known as Dentsoc) is open to all and will be sending out information before you arrive with everything you need to know about the committee members and membership.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school? 

There is a Dental Parent Mentoring System. You will get more information on this in one of the Dentsoc sessions in Induction week.

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules? 

You will be asked for feedback at the end of year module review and you can contact a Module Lead, Programme Lead or Year Lead at any point throughout the year. You can also speak with your Year Rep to raise anything that’s concerning you at the Student:Staff Forum.

How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills? 

Your programme will be made up of a number of modules and each module will have its own assessment. These assessments will assess different skill sets, for example, knowledge tests by short answer questions and/or multiple choice questions, practical tests such clinical skills test, medical emergency simulation scenarios, and presentations to assess your communication skills.

You will have access to an assessment timetable at the start of the year via MINERVA so you know what to expect.   

Denstudy is available for support with academic skills, as well as Skills@Library, which can help with information on academic integrity, referencing styles and many more academic skills.

You will also receive feedback as you progress through the programmes modules which will help you focus on your development needs.

I’m a returning student

How will practical and lab sessions be managed? 

Specialist teaching will be face-to-face and managed in line with Covid-19 guidance, such as use of PPE. Research laboratories will require similar safety procedures, if and when used.

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face-to-face? 

In the first semester you will be meeting online rather than face-to-face.

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