School of Dentistry

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

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Make sure you register and you’ve got all of your belongings with you – don’t forget your passport and acceptance letters! Keep an eye on safety updates and watch our safety video to find out how your time on campus will be managed in a Covid-secure way. 

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 times for your introductory lecture, ‘meet the student support team sessions’ and various other welcome sessions with the Dental Society

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. Leeds University Union also have welcome activities planned for you.

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 plenty of virtual activities for each of the programmes as well.

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.  

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

Theoretical sessions will be delivered digitally so you won’t be attending large scale lectures, but specialist teaching such as clinical skills will be face-to-face, and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available.

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

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

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

You’ll get a welcome email from your academic personal tutor within your first month at uni and they’ll 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’ll find out lots more about your programme and can also make contact with your academic personal tutor. 

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

A Student:Staff 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.

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 2020/21 are:

Robson Chiremba - dn19rtc@leeds.ac.uk

Alisha Hussain -  ll16a23h@leeds.ac.uk

Amish Jethwa - dn17ahj@leeds.ac.uk 

Mohammed Alkhashab (PG rep)  ml19mma@leeds.ac.uk

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.

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. You can find out how to navigate Minerva here
  • 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.

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

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.

Where can I go for support? 

Student Education Team

Student Support – denstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk

Admissions – dentistryadmissions@leeds.ac.uk 

Assessment – denexams@leeds.ac.uk

Timetabling –  denttimetable@leeds.ac.uk

Dental Surgery Co-Programme Leads 

Nigel Bubb – n.l.bubb@leeds.ac.uk

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)

Wellbeing

Liz Bridger – Pastoral and Wellbeing Advisor – e.bridger@leeds.ac.uk

Study support

Denstudy – denstudy@leeds.ac.uk

You may also contact your academic personal tutor.

Links to additional schools resources 

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