Dear Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students,
Objective Structures Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) have been taking place for most undergraduates this week. We understand how stressful this form of examination can be for students although we know they are worth doing as a good assessment of real world skills. It helps a lot if the examination is well organised and so I would like to thank Dr. R. Roudsari, Dr. V. Toedtling, Miss C. Sales and the administrative team and all the clinical, academic staff, dental nurses and technical staff who have worked hard this week.
Alan Jack is to take on the role of ‘Year 2 BDS Lead’ now that Gareth Brock has left.
There was an important email announcement on Wednesday from our University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dame Nancy Rothwell, and followed by a message from Ian Greer about Manchester 2020. The messages described the strategic plans for ensuring financial sustainability and proposals to reduce posts. Our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health proposes to open voluntary severance to achieve the reduction of 65 academic posts to avoid the need for compulsory redundancy if at all possible. I would like to reassure students that teaching is recognized as core business that will not be affected by this process. Academics with Teaching Focused contracts are excluded from the exercise and recruitment in key areas will continue. There has been some misinformation in the national press suggesting that Brexit has played a role in the university proposals which is not true.
Last week we interviewed for the post of Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry I will be able to announce that this has been offered to Carly Harrison.
Tuesday was an ACE (Audit and Clinical Effectiveness) day with a joint University Dental Hospital meeting in the morning with specialty specific meetings in the afternoon. Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry had a combined afternoon meeting with guest speaker Michael Norton talking about the development of the TX and the new EV AstraTech dental implant systems. Thanks to Professor J. Yates and Dr. J. Darcey for organising this.
I chaired the first open meeting of Greater Manchester (GM) ‘Managed Clinical Network’ at Piccadilly Place on Wednesday evening. This was a very good meeting with opportunity for getting to now each other and to prioritise and get volunteers to start on several pieces of work mainly around communication with patients and general dental practitioners.
A number of you may already have seen this, but the BDA Connect website has published a piece by Claire Stevens on “What devolution in Manchester means to me”. This is a really great piece to read, and promotes nationally the great work that people are doing across GM. Thanks Claire. https://bdaconnect.bda.org/what-devolution-in-manchester-means-to-me/
This evening is a family birthday dinner at a new restaurant in Didsbury. This should have been last night but examinations got in the way! Imogen has her final day at School today except for popping in for ‘A level’ exams of course. I visited my parent last weekend and will pop across to see them again this weekend as I am going to be away the next two weekends.
Head of Dentistry