School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Christopher O'Connor

Clinical Fellow


Current Position

  • Clinical Fellow in Restorative Dentistry

Previous Positions

  • Associate NHS General Dental Practitioner (Dairy Lane Dental Pracitice) 2010-2014
  • Educational Supervisor (HENE) 2012-2014
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer (Newcastle Dental Hospital) 2011-2013
  • General Professional Trainee (Newcastle Dental Hospital) 2008-2010


  • Newcastle Teaching Award 2016
  • Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, 2015
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning In Professional Practice (UCLAN)- Passed with Distinction 2012
  • MFDS (The Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh 2010)
  • BDS with Merit in Clinical Dentistry, 2008

Prizes and Awards

  • Nominated "Outstanding Contribution to Teaching" in Teaching Excellence Awards 2017
  • Winner COHR postgraduate research student oral presentation competition May 2016
  • Awarded "Best Foundation Case Presentation" in Northern Deanery 2010
  • Stage 2 part 1 award for highest exam results (2005)


I commenced my part time staff PhD in August 2014. Soon after I started collaborating with 3M to test and develop a novel chairside composite crown.

The aspects of this research have include:

1) Consultancy work to develop the placement method for the crowns and designing a teaching program

2) In vitro testing of the marginal fit of the crowns using a micro CT scanner

3) Assessing the benefits of the composite crowns via a health economic analysis

4) Designing and running a pilot clinic trial assessing 2 placement methods for the composite crown

The clinical trial is registered on the ISRCTN registry (ISRCTN17542282)

The clinical trial was also accepted onto the prestigious NIHR portfolio (CPMS ID: 32058)


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Clinical Teaching on Restorative Clinics Stages 3 to 5
  • Lecturer for the stage 4 "Advanced Restorations, Clinical Skills" Course

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Deputy degree program director of MClinDent Restorative Dentisty
  • Clinical teacher and lecturer on MClinDent Restorative Dentistry programme.
  • Involved in the provision of study days for GPT and FD trainees for HENE.

Other teaching

I have an interest in technology enhanced learning.

I have been the lead for the Virtual Learning Environment working group since 2017

Since 2018 I have been involved in exploring the schools strategy for blended and distance learning