Dr James Field

PhD, CertClinEd, MA(Ed), FAcadMEd, PFHEA, FDTFEd

Senior Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry

National Teaching Fellow

Honorary Consultant in Prosthodontics

Contact Details:

School of Clinical Dentistry
Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2159402



I am currently a Consultant in Prosthodontics and a Senior Clinical Teacher.

After completing a BSc with Honours in Zoology, I received BDS with Distinction in Restorative Dentistry in 2005 from Newcastle University.

I completed my General Professional Training in 2007 and was successful in becoming a member of the Dental Faculty of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh. I studied for my PhD, and obtained both clinical and general teaching qualifications, alongside Senior and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Before coming to Sheffield, I was appointed at Newcastle as a Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry between 2012 and 2017, and as a Training Programme Director for DCT1 (HEE) from 2011-2013. I entered the specialist list for Prosthodontics in 2016.

I enjoy engaging with colleagues across Europe whilst chairing the Pan-European Special Interest group in Clinical Skills Teaching, and as part of the European Curriculum Review Taskforce.


My research interests include:

  • educational elements of professionalism, reflective learning and student satisfaction
  • teaching and assessment methods
  • the nanoscale measurement of dental hard tissues
  • erosion and abrasion
  • repair of composite restorations
  • healthy eating interventions for edentulous patients
Research Team

PhD supervision:

  • Investigation of failed resin composite restorations – 2014-2018
  • The impact of wearing Conventional Complete Dentures (CCDs) on Eating Related Quality of Life (ERQoL), and development of patient- centric dietary interventions – 2015-2019
  • The quantitative and qualitative effects of bioactive additives on tooth whitening products – 2016-2020

M-level supervision:

  • Comparing the effects of 2 standardised polishing protocols in enamel surface finish – 2014-2016
  • Comparison of surface characteristics of bovine enamel from disparate sources - 2015-2017


I am the Course Lead for the DClinDent Prosthodontics programme

My main teaching activities include:

  • Clinical and skills teaching of undergraduate BDS students
  • Clinical teaching of DClinDent students
  • Student research project supervision including Masters and PhD projects
  • Delivery of lifelong learning to the whole dental team

Professional Activities
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • UKPSF Professional Standards Advisor
  • IADR Executive Committee member: Education Research Group
  • ADEE Pan-European Chair: Skills teaching
  • RCS Edinburgh Examiner
  • Simulation network steering group, HEE
  • British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry Council Member
  • British Dental Association Branch Secretary (Northern Counties)
  • British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee member
  • Registered Maillefer Endodontic Trainer
  • External accreditor to programmes against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Editorial board member: Heliyon, Elsevier
  • Fellow, Faculty of Dental Trainers, RCSEdinburgh

Reviewer for:

  • European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
  • Wiley-Blackwell (Reviewer & Proposal consultant)
  • Dental Update
  • Journal of Dentistry
  • British Dental Journal
  • Oxford University Press (Reviewer & Proposal consultant)
  • Journal of Dental Education
  • PlosOne
  • Journal of Applied Oral Science
  • Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
  • Saudi Dental Journal

Honours and Awards:

  • 2005 British Society of Restorative Dentistry Undergraduate Prize
  • 2007 RCS England FGDP Case Study Award
  • 2007 Oral & Dental Research Trust Award
  • 2007 British Society for the Study of Prosthodontics (BSSPD) Research Award
  • 2008 BSSPD Schottlander Oral Presentation Prize
  • 2013 Innovation in teaching award (Newcastle)
  • 2013 ADEE International Dental Educator Award
  • 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher Award (Newcastle)
  • 2015 Educational Research and Development Award (Newcastle)
  • 2015 ‘Development of mobile technologies to support education’ (Innovation Award)
  • 2016 Educational Research and Development Award (Newcastle)