All Smiles for College Dental Team

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Photo 1 - Dental Awards
Kate Wilson, Clare Flynn, Jennifer Lowe


Congratulations to our partner college, New College Lanarkshire which has been recognised as a leading provider of dental nursing education after being crowned the Dental Trainer of the Year at the Scottish Dental Awards.

The College’s Dental Nursing provision was celebrated as the best in the Scottish dental industry at the glittering awards ceremony in the Glasgow Hilton on 27 April.

A pioneer of dental nurse education in Scotland, the College is a leading training provider to the future generation of highly skilled dental nurses. Overseen by Curriculum and Quality Leader, Kate Wilson, it runs courses from Level 5 to Degree level. This degree course is supported by the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery here at UWS.

Since the upgrade of its facilities in 2015, the College has gone from strength to strength in providing sector leading training – including the introduction of a BSc Dental Nursing degree, continued enhancement of training facilities, and ongoing commitment to placement opportunities and partnerships.

Not stopping there, the College’s Assistant Head of Faculty of Care and Science, Jennifer Lowe, was recognised individually in the Unsung Hero category for her ongoing commitment to enhancing dental nursing education nationally and internationally – beating five other industry heroes for the coveted title, shortlisted from a record amount of entries

Jennifer has been responsible for introducing unique programmes of study to the Scottish Dental Nursing sector, as well as nurturing a generation of highly skilled, highly qualified dental nurses.


Happy St Andrews Day!

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Happy St Andrews Day from everyone here @uwshealth and @UniWestScotland. Have you seen the Scottish Google Doodle? If not got to

How about a bit of Tartan? If you’d like to get some, why not buy from the stoatin’ range of Alzheimer Scotland Tartan goodies to celebrate and support one of our partners.


Best wishes also from all @AlzScotCPP 

Joint BSc Dental Nursing Commences at New College Lanarkshire

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On the 11th of October New College Lanarkshire celebrated the launch of their joint BSc Dental Nursing, the first in the UK. This programme is a joint project between our School and the College and is designed to future-proof their career and place them at the same level as other professional groups within a dental team. Our partnership with the College offers the 13 students now enrolled on the course the opportunity to study the university-validated degree-level qualification within the vibrant and innovative college environment – including its industry-leading dental facilities at Coatbridge which opened in February 2016.

Jennifer Lowe, the Assistant Head of Faculty for Care and Science at New College Lanarkshire, said:

“We are delighted that 13 students have enrolled with the course – launching the degree is an absolute landmark moment for the industry.

“The BSc Dental Nursing was developed in response to demand from employers, training providers and dental nurses to be qualified to degree level and beyond. With the introduction of the degree course at the College, I am confident that we will produce very highly skilled and sought-after practitioners.

I started my own career are a Dental Nurse and never in my wildest dreams did I think that a degree for Dental Nursing would be available. The opportunities it will provide are endless and I look forward to the success of all our students. I would like to thank our partners at UWS who have made it possible for the students, and for guiding us along the way in creating what we hope will be a highly successful programme.”

BSc Dental Nursing Programme Recently Approved

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Dental Team

The School was delighted last month to announce the approval of the BSc Dental Nursing programme. This is a collaborative validated programme undertaken in partnership with New College Lanarkshire (NCL) and will commence in September 2017, delivered at the Coatbridge Campus of NCL.

This is an exciting development for the school as the new programme is the first degree programme in dental nursing in the UK and the first such collaborative delivery model with a local college undertaken within the school.

Our thanks go to Mhairi Kidd, Jennifer Lowe (NCL), Julie Orr,  Fiona Everett and Hazel Shepherd and to Gordon Hunt for acting as chair for this event.

More details about this exciting programme development can be found at this NCL Link