School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Janice Ellis

Professor of Dental Education



I am a graduate of Newcastle University having gained my BDS with Honours in 1987. I gained my Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 1991 having undertaken house officer and senior house officer roles. I completed my PhD in 1998 whilst working as a full time lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and then joined  a flexible training pathway in Restorative Dentistry after having my family. I returned to an academic career pathway in 2001 taking on a full time lecturing post. I subsequently completed my training, and gained my CCST in 2003. In August 2006 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Hon Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, and in August 2014 was promoted to a personal Chair in Dental Education.

Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy Head of School

Director of Dental Education

Degree Programme Director BDS

Degree Programme Director BSc ODHS


BDS Hons (Newcastle 1987)
FDS RCS Ed (November 1991)
PhD Newcastle 1998
FDS RCS Ed (Rest Dent) 2004
ILTM 2004
PGCE (Dist) 2006

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007)



British Dental Association
International Association for Dental Research
British Society for Dental Research
International Association for Dental Research
British Society of Periodontology
British Society of Prosthodontics
Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association
Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry
Association for the Study of Medical Education

Honours and Awards

The British Society of Periodontology Fellowship Award 1992
The Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize 1994
The British Society of Periodontology Marsh Midda Fellowship 1998
Shirley Glasstone Hughes Award 2002
BSSPD Research Grant 2007 (As supervisor to MPhil student recipient)
Schottlander Poster Prize (BSSPD) 2007

Informal Interests

I have a busy family life and 'enjoy' running, swimming, and yoga. I am working hard to devlop a love of open water swimming.


Research Interests

In  recent years I have developed an interest in Dental Educational Research. I am a founder member of the Schools ‘Dental Education Research Group’, and have a particular interest in the educational aspects of student transitions, and the concept and assessment of Professionalism. I currently supervise a  PhD student in this area.

My research interests started in Periodontology and specifically drug-induced gingival overgrowth. This was the subject of my PhD which involved not only lab based studies developing gas chromatographic techniques to measure drug concentrations in gingival crevicular fluid but also large scale epidemiological studies into the prevalence in the local community. Whilst my research interest remained in this area for some time after completing my PhD, my interests broadened to include the connection between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease. More recently I have become one of the lead members of a team including nutritionists and social scientists that have research the impact of edentuloussness and the effects of conventional and implant supported overdentures on this and patient satisfaction. As part of this research we have undertaken a number of studies including the ability of implant supported overdentures to facilitate dietary change, the influence of aesthetics on patients acceptance, comparison on different attachment systems, the uptake of technology by practitioners, patterns of adaptation to denture wearing, eating related quality of life and decision making in relation to provision of high cost dental interventions such as implants. Much of this research has been undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at McGill University, Canada. I currently supervise one PhD student working within this area.

Other Expertise

I have a PGCE in Higher Education Leadership and have been trained as a mentor. I use this skills to support my role as a tutor, and Educational Supervisor. I have developed a good working knowledge of the use of reflection and other methods of attitudinal assessment.

I have a wealth of experience writing/ refining/blueprinting curricula and more specifically learning outcomes and in particular the use of technologies to assist in the management of developing/changing programmes.

Current Work

Selection techniques for dental students

Interprofessional education/training

Assessment of professionalism

Patient Feedback in dental student education

Future Research

Transition to post-graduate training- impact of a competency based undergraduate programme versus volume of clinical experience.

Research Roles

Post-graduate supervisor (previously 1 PhD, 1 MPhil, 2 MSc, currently 2 PhD)
Member of COHR

Founder member of DERG

Member of team with skills in dietary and quality of life research with regard to patients restored with implant supported overdentures.
Collaborative worker with McGill University, Montreal, Cork University, Ireland, Cardiff University Wales.

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD Projects: Dietary intervention outcomes for completely edentulous patients wearing either conventional or implant-supported dentures (May 2007)

Assessment of Professionalism in Dental Students (working title – ongoing)

The implant patient journey (working title- ongoing)
MPhil: The application of industrial magnets in restorative dentistry (2008).

MSc: The impact of hypodontia on the quality of life of children and adolescents in the North East of England (2010)
MSc; Development and validation of a questionnaire to identify patient centred-risk factors associated with an inability to wear conventional dentures successfully ( 2009)

Esteem Indicators

I have served as an external examiner for the General Dental Council Overseas Registration Examination ( and previously IQE), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Part 1 MFDS), and external examiner for Finals BDS examination Kings College London, MSc Manchester University. I currently serve as external examiner for BDS Finals at Glasgow and Manchester Universities.

President of the British Society for prosthodontics ( 2012-13)

The Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize Winner - BSP
The Marsh Midda Fellowship - BSP
The Fellowship Award - BSP
Shirley Glasstone hughes Award - BDA
Schottlander Poster Prize - BSSPD


Industry (Stauman, Aichi, Schottlander)
Oral & Dental Research Trust
Northern & Yorkshire Health Authority
British Society of Periodontology
Shirley Glasstone Hughes Memorial prize, British Dental Association
ITI - Foundation for the Promotion of Oral Implantology


Undergraduate Teaching

Director of Dental Education

Degree Programme Director BDS

Degree Programme Director BSc Oral & Dental Health Sciences

Postgraduate Teaching

Director of Excellence in Learning & Teaching for School of Dental Sciences