Professor Deery leads the way in dental education

The Dean of our School of Clinical Dentistry has been elected chair of the Dental Schools Council.

Professor Chris Deery

Professor Chris Deery will take on the new prestigious role in addition to his teaching responsibilities and honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at Charles Clifford Dental Services. He is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry and chair of the Consultants in Paediatric Dentistry Group.

The Dental Schools Council represents all of the dental schools across the UK and Ireland. Their mission is to produce world-class graduates, innovative research, and to improve the health of the nation through the profession of dentistry.

On his new role, Professor Deery said: “I am delighted to be taking over the position of chair of the Dental Schools Council. We have seen great strides in public dental health over the last decade and these strides are in large part down to the quality of our dental school graduates.

“We must ensure that the high standard of our teaching and training is maintained and that dental education continues to speak with a strong voice.”

He added: “A key issue for dental healthcare is research. We must increase opportunities to conduct research and this includes providing support for those who work in clinical academia. As the recent clinical academic staff survey has shown, progress is being made and we are seeing an increase in the number of dental clinical academics. But more must be done and this will require combined work from organisations across the sector.

I am delighted to be taking over the position of chair of the Dental Schools Council. We must ensure that dental education continues to speak with a strong voice.

professor CHRIS DEERY

“The collective expertise and experience of the Dental Schools Council is essential to facing challenges like this. Professor Youngson has done a fantastic job leading the Council for the last few years. I look forward to continuing this work alongside my dental school colleagues and our colleagues from across dental healthcare.”

Professor Deery was appointed Dean of our School of Clinical Dentistry in 2015. Having joined our University in 2006 as Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, Professor Deery has held several roles within the school including Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching, and Theme Leader for Intermediate Oral and Dental Care. He is currently Programme Director for the MClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry.

He succeeds Professor Callum Youngson, Head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Liverpool, who said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair and I wish Chris all the best in his new role.

“I look forward to the leadership and experience that Chris will bring and I am excited to continue working with my colleagues to train the future of dental healthcare.”