Meet our Head of School

Prof Jimmy Steele

Professor Jimmy Steele

Welcome to the School of Dental Sciences, part of the Faculty of Medicine at Newcastle University.

The School has over 500 people; students, teachers, researchers, scholars and support staff in all things dental. We share our life here with hundreds of clinicians, nurses and others working for the NHS, and with thousands of patients for whom we provide care every day – it’s a real team effort.

Our philosophy is simple - to look forward and outward in all that we do. We work hard to deliver world-class education and training, to excel in relevant research, to seek innovation in our clinical and community service and above all, to nurture a friendly, positive and supportive atmosphere.

We’re privileged to enjoy some of the best and most up-to-date facilities in the country, with strong and approachable staff whose blend of clinical, research and teaching skills enrich the learning environment, in one of the loveliest and most liveable areas of the country.

We’re proud of what we do, of the city and the community we serve, and of our relevance and role in the national and international world of oral health. We’d love to share it with you!
  • Professor Jimmy Steele qualified from Dundee in 1985 and after posts in Dundee, Perth and Glasgow moved to Newcastle as a Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry in 1989.
  • He is a researcher as well as a teacher and clinician, and was awarded his PhD in 1994.
  • Professor of Oral Health Services Research in 2003 and is also an honorary NHS consultant.
  • Awarded a distinguished Scientist award by the International Association of Dental Research in 2008 and an honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2011.
  • He has had a significant input to oral health policy and led the “Independent Review of NHS Dentistry in England” for the Government in 2009.
  • He is also a member of the NHS Future Forum which advises on wider health policy.