School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Heather Coventry

Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry


Current position

Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry

Current education

PhD in Dental Sciences – Institute of Health & Society (staff) (part-time) – writing up stage


Qualifications (in reverse chronological order)

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (2014), leading to FHEA (2014)

Newcastle Teaching Award (2012)

PgDip in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry, Newcastle (2012)

MFDS RCPS (Glasg), The Royal College of Physicians And Surgeons of Glasgow (2010)

BDS, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Dundee (2007)

Previous positions (in reverse chronological order)

August 2011 - September 2017: Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University

February 2011 - July 2011: SHO (Oral Surgery Rotation), Dundee Dental Hospital & School

February 2010 - January 2011: SHO (Special Care Rotation), Dundee Dental Hospital & School

August 2009 - January 2010: SHO (Oral Surgery Rotation), Dundee Dental Hospital & School

August 2008 - July 2009: Dental Foundation Training Year 2 (DF2), Salaried Dental Service, Caithness

August 2007 - July 2008: Vocational Trainee (VT), Eric MacKinnon Dental Surgery, Girvan, Ayrshire



Current academic roles (in reverse chronology):

Teaching & Learning

2018 - present: Stage 4 BDS Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Teaching Lead


2017 - present: Stage 3 BDS Written Paper 2 (Clinical Dental Subjects) Examination Lead

2017 - present: Internal examiner BSc ODHS - Stages 2 & 3

2012 - present:  Internal examiner BDS - Stages 1- 5

Other School roles 

2019 - present: Stage 4 BDS Director

2018 - present: Stage 3 BDS Deputy Examination Chair

2017 - present: Interprofessional Education Lead for Dentistry

2017 - present: Widening Participation to Dentistry Lead

2011 - present: UCAS Admissions Panel 

2011 - present: Personal tutor to dental students

Professional activities

2019: Teaching on the Dental Foundation Training for Dental Therapists for Health Education England (Pilot Year)

2012 - present: Teaching on the Dental Foundation training MFDS study programme for Health Education England

Former academic School roles

Teaching & Learning

2013 - 2018: Paediatric Dentistry Theme Lead for the Key Clinical Skills Course

2012 - 2018: Stage 3 BDS Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Teaching Lead


2015 - 2017:  Internal examiner DDHT - Year 3

Other School roles

2017 - 2017: Acting Stage 3 BDS Tutor 





I am currently in the writing up stage of a part-time PhD (under staff regulations). My PhD is a mixed methods care-based study investigating a relatively unexplored area within healthcare looking at whether taking part in a randomised controlled trial (FiCTION) in primary care impacts on a parent's dental anxiety, oral health-related quality of life and attitude towards dental care and that of their children. This has involved working with 27 different primary care dental practices in Scotland and north-east England, Newcastle University Trials Unit and two different clinical centres.

Supervisory support is as follows:

Professor Elaine McColl, Newcastle University

Professor Anne Maguire, Newcastle University 

Professor Katie Haighton, Northumbria University

Mrs Vicky Ryan, Newcastle University

Professor Jan Clarkson, University of  Dundee 



Newcastle University



Newcastle University & NHS Education for Scotland (through the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network) have funded this study. My PhD fees are being paid by the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University.