School of Dental Sciences

About Us

About Us


Welcome. We are one of the largest and best equipped dental teaching facilities in the country.

We are next to green parkland, yet only metres from the bustling heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Established reputation

The school has an established reputation for excellence in:

It provides a positive and well-resourced environment for work and study.

Consistent success

Our work contributes to the success of the University. This is not just in dental science but in medicine and life sciences. This is evident in the UK and international league tables.

Strong foundations

We build on foundations laid during 100 years of dental education in Newcastle. We have specific aims and missions that underpin our current activity.


National student surveys show high ratings for the School, city and the region. We cannot think of a better place to live, study and work.

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Aims & Mission

As a publically-funded facility, it’s important you know what we stand for and what we aim to achieve.

The University's mission features in the Vision 2021 - A world-class civic university. We support that mission.

We want our School to be a world leader in academic oral health:

  • looking forwards and outwards in everything we do
  • ensuring our relevance to the population
  • acting as a focal point for dentistry and oral health in the region

Here are some of our key aims in areas central to our daily activity.


We aim to undertake world class research, relevant to oral and general health.

Teaching and learning

We aim to deliver courses that meet the agreed standards of our regulatory bodies. In the case of our undergraduate degrees, this is the General Dental Council.

We provide our students with an outstanding experience and opportunity for learning.


We want to utilise our assets, including our staff and students':

  • research skills
  • knowledge
  • educational skills
  • clinical skills

This will benefit society and its health.

We want to develop emerging commercial opportunities in our areas of expertise.


We want the School to be a global brand, recognised for quality and relevance of its provision.


We want to manage the School in a sustainable manner.

We provide our students with an outstanding experience and opportunity to learn.
Our dental students have an outstanding environment in which to learn.

Our Head of School

We are part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.

Team effort

The School boasts more than 500 people working in all aspects of oral and dental health. This includes: 

  • students
  • teachers
  • researchers
  • scholars
  • support staff

We share our life here with hundreds of people working for the NHS: 

  • clinicians
  • nurses
  • ancillary and support staff 

We also interact with thousands of patients who we provide care for every day. It’s a real team effort, recognised as outstanding by Care Quality Commission Inspectors.

Our philosophy

Our philosophy is simple - to look forward and outward in all we do. We work hard to:

Up-to-date facilities

We’re privileged to enjoy some of the best and most up-to-date facilities in the country.

Approachable staff

We have strong and approachable staff. Their blend of clinical, research and teaching skills enrich the learning environment.

We work in one of the loveliest and friendliest areas of the country.

Head of School, Justin Durham