School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Hawa Fathi

Lecturer in Dental Materials and Technology; School Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • PhD in Materials Sciences (Glass-ceramics) - University of Sheffield
  • MPhil Degree in Material Sciences – University of Sheffield
  • B.Sc Degree in Dental Technology  

Previous Positions

Teaching support in dental technology aspects for undergraduate students, University of Sheffield, School of Clinical Dentistry (2014-2015). 

Helping staff and PG students with their research projects, University of Sheffield, School of Clinical Dentistry (2014-2015).


Higher Education Academy (Fellow 2019-Present)
International Association for Dental Research (IADR)


  • Undergraduate Teaching

Dental Materials to stage 2 BDS and Stage 1 ODHS undergraduates through practical course and also dental materials seminars related to CSPD and CSCD courses for stage 3 BDS.

Helping and support teaching of practical sessions of many courses; CSPD, CSCD, CSAR, Orthodontics, KCS courses.  

Critical Appraisal Assessment Lead for Stage 3 BDS.

  • Postgraduate Teaching

Dental Materials to MClinDent in Restorative Dentistry students through seminars/ discussions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver seminars, and practical teaching

  • Dental Materials Practical Course- stage 2 BDS, Stage 1 ODHS

  • Lead of Dental Materials Course- MClinDent Restorative students

  • Lead of Critical Appraisal Assessment for Stage 3 BDS

  • Support teaching in TTU

  • Complete Denture Course - stage 3 BDS

  • Partial Denture Course- stage 3 BDS

  • Orthodontic Course- stage 3 BDS

  • KCS Course- stage 2 BDS, stage 1 BSc in Oral Health

  • CSAR Course- Stage 4 BDS

  • Personal Tutor for stages 1, 2, 4 and 5 BDS students

  • Supervising MClinDent research projects.

  • Supervising PhD students.


Research Interests

Biocompatibility of Dental Materials: Different novel ceramic materials are being developed and investigated for dental and medical applications. Particular areas of concern regarding these materials are strength and solubility and ways of improving these areas are being investigated.

Prosthodontic Materials: PMMA denture base resin has been used in dentistry to make dentures since the 2nd world war. The annual cost to the NHS in repairing broken appliances constructed in these materials is very high. Work is being carried out to try and improve the strength of these materials. Novel coating systems to prevent scratching of these materials in use is also being investigated.