New Dean for top dental school

The University of Sheffield's School of Clinical Dentistry, one of the top dental schools in the country, is under different leadership with a new Dean taking up the reins. Professor Paul Speight began his post as Dean this month, succeeding Professor Trevor Walsh.

Professor Speight has worked at the University since 2003 when he was appointed as Professor and Head of Oral Pathology. His main research area is oral cancer and he has published over 170 original research papers, as well as a number of books and book chapters. He is a past-president of the British Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is the current President of the International Association of Oral Pathologists.

He hopes to continue the work of Professor Trevor Walsh in improving and developing the School's facilities. Work is already underway on the £5.5m extension to the School, which will provide new state-of the art research laboratories, as well as improving teaching facilities. This year the School will also extend its already highly-successful clinical placement outreach programme.

Professor Speight said: "It is an honour to become Dean of the Sheffield Dental School. I will be leading one of the best schools in the country with a well-deserved, international reputation for research and teaching. It is a tribute to my predecessor that the School is in excellent financial shape and has recently been ranked highly in national league tables, and has received outstanding reports from independent reviews of our research supervision and teaching."

The School was recently named the top dental school in the country in The Times Good University Guide 2007.

For further information please contact: Tessa Humphrys in the University of Sheffield's Media Team, on 0114 2221046 or email t.humphrys@sheffield.ac.uk.