As a dentist one of my "specialist" teaching areas was biomedical sciences for dental therapists/hygienists - including cell biology and physiology, as part of their first year.
Much of the teaching in dentistry is 1-to-1. My experience tells me that the best way for a student to learn something permanently is the "lightbulb" experience: making connections for him/herself. So my teaching will always be directed towards generating those moments. I always start with the simple explanation, before directing the student to the more complex one. I use a lot of visual examples (models, pictures and mental images) as I find these help the understanding of principles
I have many memorable experiences during my career. For example, I still treasure the memory of having my beard shaved off, alongside a student shaving her head as part of a fundraising effort for a cancer charity. My most memorable experience though was the privilege every year, of watching my students successfully develop into confident professionals
Teacher since 1990. I am a dentist who has spent his career teaching dental students and dental therapy/hygiene students. During my career I gained a Doctorate in Education, so I have both experience and understanding of the teaching process.
Over the past 27 years I have taught hundreds of students, both in the lecture setting, in small groups and in 1-to-1 settings. I have a huge experience of coaching students for exams. Almost all of my students have gone on to fulfilling careers in dentistry; this makes me very proud of and for them
I am a very experienced teacher, with more than 27 years experience of university lecturing. Although I have taught in the dental domain, the education of dental team members requires a wide variety of subjects, and I have had a number of “specialty” areas, mostly in basic sciences. These included cell biology, human physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and dental radiography.
I have always enjoyed teaching. One of the privileges of being a teacher is to watch students develop their knowledge and skills and I have enjoyed observing and spurring that development throughout my career. I am very proud to see that many of my ex-students have gone on to fulfilling careers in dentistry, dental hygiene or therapy.
As well as teaching, I have extensive experience of curriculum development. I have enjoyed the challenge of developing curricula for dental therapy and hygiene in each of the three institutions where I have worked: for CME Nyankunde in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for Cardiff University and for BPP University.
I have also been involved in dental education at a wider level. I have a masters degree and a doctorate in education. At various times in my career I have been a PGCert/PGDip external examiner, a programme inspector for the dental regulatory body and a postgraduate tutor in dental education. I am currently a member of a task force developing an EU standard curriculum for dental hygiene teaching. I continue, despite retirement, as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Relevant academic qualifications
1975 – 1980 BDS, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
2000 – 2003 MA, Post-compulsory education and training, Cardiff University.
2008 – 2015 EdD, Learning and learning contexts, Birmingham University.
May 2016 – Aug 2017
Programme director BDOS degree – BPP University Dental Institute
Aug 2002 – April 2016
Clinical lecturer - Cardiff University School of Dentistry
Jan 1996 to July 2002
Staff Grade Dentist - Cardiff and Vale UHB.
June 1995 to Dec 1995
Locum General Dental Practitioner, Hull, England
October 1984 to May 1995
CME Nyankunde, a charity hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Hospital dental consultant – Jan 1986 – May 1995
Director Dental Therapy training programme Sept 1990 – May 1995
Director Medical Training Institute – CME Nyankunde Feb 1992 – June 1994
1980 to 1983
General Dental Practitioner, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Other Education roles
2003 – Present
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2006 to 2012
Inspector of Dental Care Professional (DCP) Training Programmes for the General Dental Council.
Subject specialist advisor to the HEA (ILTHE) subject centre for Medicine and Dentistry (prior to reorganisation of this entity), in the education of Dental Care Professionals.
Postgraduate tutor – Distance learning module in Dental Education. Cardiff University School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
2012 – 2016
External Examiner to the PGCert, PGDip and MA programmes in dental education offered by the University of Bedfordshire.
2016 – present
Member of the European Dental Hygienist Federation Common Education Framework (CEF) taskforce
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