The School endeavours to provide a hub for dental professionals in the region.
We host professional events throughout the year. We're keen to join with professionals who want to deliver education, research and service.
Professional & student support
We provide the following:
There are several ways for professionals who graduated with us to network.
Newcastle University Dental Graduates' Association
We started in 1945 to mark the 50th anniversary of Newcastle University Dental School. Our aim is to enable graduates to maintain social and professional contact with:
- friends and colleagues
- members worldwide
- all branches of dentistry
Current membership exceeds 2,000, with strong ties between alumni and their alma mater.
Our main event is the Graduates’ Dinner, held the weekend of the Founders and Benefactors lecture. A distinguished guest delivers the lecture. It attracts verifiable CPD points and the Association’s annual meeting follows. The Graduates’ Dinner takes the hassle out of organising class reunions.
Life membership is currently £20. £10 of this goes to the Dental Student Hardship Fund. Membership is open to all Newcastle graduates and Dental School and Hospital staff.
How to apply
Download an application form (PDF: 70 KB) and return with your cheque payable to UNDGA to:
Newcastle University Dental Graduates Association
c/o Helen Jones
School of Dental Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
For more details, to update your records or for forthcoming activities, email email@example.com
Newcastle University Alumni
The Graduates' Association works with the Newcastle University Advancement team. To find out more about wider alumni events and keep your details up to date, visit NU Advancement.
Dental School Christmas newsletter
We publish a Christmas newsletter, with news from Newcastle Dental School and its graduates. To submit a news item for this year's newsletter, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Facebook
For more informal interactions with fellow alumni, join us on Facebook.
Local societies host a number of educational and social events throughout the year. They welcome members and non-members to these events.
Find out more about these societies below:
North of England Odontological SocietyNorth of England Odontological Society
This is a dental society based in Newcastle. It provides a programme of lectures and social events for all members of the dental team.
They meet on the second Tuesday of the month from September to March (not December). It is a varied evening lecture program, providing CPD for the whole dental team.
They also have a social evening in May, with fine wine, food and entertainment. Visit the website for more information.
British Society for Paediatric DentistryBritish Society for Paediatric Dentistry
This society aims to improve oral health in children. It encourages the highest standards of clinical care. The Northern Branch is an active group including:
- paediatric dental specialists
- community based and high-street dentists
- dental therapists
- hygienists and nurses
New members from all groups in the dental team, including students, are always welcome.
They meet for monthly lectures and annual symposia. They update those interested about new developments in the field and its associated specialities.
A wide variety of dentists and non-dentists provide free lectures for all on a range of topics. The branch offers:
- networking opportunities
- social events
- clinical guidelines and policies
- career advice
- advocacy work for oral health in children
British Society for Periodontology (BSP)British Society for Periodontology (BSP)
The society exists to promote the practice and science of periodontology. It's one of the oldest specialist dental societies in the UK.
The Society provides a range of hands-on and lecture-based courses. Newcastle Dental School host the meetings. There are regular evening lectures for all, including members of the public.
For more information, contact Helen Clough, Administrative Manager, at email@example.com
British Dental Association (BDA) Northern Counties BranchBritish Dental Association (BDA) Northern Counties Branch
This is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK founded in 1880.
Its membership currently stands at about 23,000 dentists, including:
- general dental practice
- other salaried services
The Northern Counties Branch links dentists with policy making groups of the association.
The structure provides opportunity to integrate clinical experience into policies of the association.
The association also provides support and advice to dentists. It produces publications such as the British Dental Journal and BDA News. These keep dentists updated with current issues in dentistry.
Contact one of the Northern Counties branch representatives, Simon Stone.
Medicolegal SocietyMedicolegal Society
This Society started 50 years ago. It is open to members of the dental, legal, medical and veterinary professions.
There are four professional meetings per year. These are in the Medical/Dental Lecture Theatres. They're held on the first Monday of October, December, February and April at 20.15.
A glass of wine or fruit juice is available before the meetings. There is a formal annual dinner and an informal summer party every year.
The Society also funds undergraduate prizes, valued at £250 each. These are for the top student in a medicolegal examination or project in:
- Newcastle Dental School
- Newcastle Medical School
- Newcastle Law School
- Northumbria Law School
Membership forms can be obtained from:
Hon Legal Sec NEMLS
Ward Hadaway Solicitors
Newcastle upon Tyne
Northern DeaneryNorthern Deanery
The Northern Deanery provide high quality postgraduate dental courses. More information can be found at on the Northern Deanery website.
Extracted teeth are vital in giving students practice on sound and diseased tooth tissue.
Synthetic teeth cannot provide a complete substitute for the feel of natural tooth tissue. To support training we want local dentists to collect extracted teeth for our students.
The Human Tissue Authority say written consent is not required for teeth retained for use by dental students.
What we need
A few simple guidelines for the collection of extracted teeth:
- remove all soft tissue if possible
- store teeth in a suitable container in a dilute solution of household bleach (one part bleach to 10 parts water)
- change the solution occasionally if you store the teeth for an extended period of time
If you would like to know more, you can download further details (PDF 327 KB).
In 2006, the School established a hardship fund.
It started with donations from staff (past and present), alumni and current students. The purpose of the fund is to provide a contribution towards tuition fee costs.
It's for those students who have had to take time out from their studies due to serious ill health. The consequence of this may be having to repeat a year of study.
Helping those in need
Let us know if you would like to donate towards helping those who need it most. Please complete a Hardship Fund donation form (PDF: 343KB).
A small panel of staff, including the Head of School, determine beneficiaries.