Key Staff

Vince Bissell

Prof Vince Bissell


Professor Vince Bissell is the Dean of the School of Dentistry. He is also Professor and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, with a particular clinical interest in Periodontology. He is currently Chair of the General Dental Council’s Overseas Registration Examination Advisory Group. He has held a number of roles with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh over the years and is currently on the executive committee of the Faculty of Dental Trainers. He is an external examiner at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Bissell’s major academic interest is in dental education and he is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.‌‌


Sondos Albadri

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Sondos Albadri is a Professor and Honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Liverpool. She is the Vice Dean for Research and postgraduate studies and the academic lead for Paediatric Dentistry.

Sondos graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1997 with a BDS and completed her PhD from Queens University Belfast. After completing specialist training, she joined the University of Liverpool in 2008 where she completed her consultant training in Paediatric Dentistry. She was appointed as a senior lecturer and honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry in 2011 and promoted to a Professor in November 2018.

Sondos’s developed the Doctorate programme in paediatric dentistry, the programme follow the UK Specialist training curriculum combining research and clinical training and has unique links to Alder Hey Children's Hospital & multidisciplinary approach to treatment planning and delivery of care.
Sondos’s research is focused on child centred  care. She has research collaborations in Dental Trauma, Stem cell and regeneration and number of NIHR funded clinical trials. Sondos has published and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications. She has been a reviewer for a number of Dental Journals and publishers. Sondos is the associate editor of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry since 2015 and she has been the chair of the British Society of Paediatric dentistry conference abstracts and prizes committee since 2015.

Sondos has been providing PG CPD courses in Paediatric Dentistry and Dental trauma, to general practitioners, specialist trainees and consultants for many years. She jointly developed an international course for Endodontics in children attended by consultants and specialists.

Sondos is the academic representative on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Speciality Advisory Board (SAB) in Paediatric Dentistry, and the intercollegiate body, which advise on Paediatric specialist training (Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC). She is a member of the examiners’ board for the tri-collegiate membership examination in Paediatric Dentistry. Sondos has held several external examiner positions for UG BDS, PG and PhD programmes.

Liam Boyle

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Dr Liam Boyle is a Vice Dean, Student Experience and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Liverpool. He is the Assistant Head of School, Peer Review of Teaching coordinator and School APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)  Assessor .

He is a British Standards Institution committee member and a past council member of the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry. He is an external examiner at Leeds Dental School. His teaching and research interests include operative dentistry, prosthodontics (including osseointegrated implants) and dental education.

Luke Dawson

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Professor Luke Dawson is Vice-Dean, Learning and Scholarship. He has responsibility for ensuring that all dental and DCP graduates fulfil the requirements laid out by the General Dental Council. Professor Dawson has a long-standing interest in education, especially in the area of clinical skills development and technology supported learning. In collaboration with Ms. Colette Balmer, and Dr Ben Mason, Professor Dawson developed a system for dental education, LIFTUPP. Currently, it is the benchmark against which all other dental educational systems are measured, and ensures that Liverpool Graduates enter Foundation Training with a fully validated, and transferable skills portfolio. Furthermore, it guarantees that our staff and assessment systems focus on the student experience, ensuring that our students are inculcated with the necessary skills and acumen to succeed.

In addition Professor Dawson is also the Chief External Examiner for the General Dental Council's Overseas Registration Examination and in that capacity has been involved in evolving this national examination. Professor Dawson’s clinical area is teaching undergraduates in oral surgery and oral medicine. His research interest, as well as education, are the causes of glandular hypofunction that underlie Sjögren’s Syndrome, an area in which he has published extensively, and received National and International recognition. 

Fadi Jarad

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Professor Fadi Jarad is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Dental Sciences (DDSc) postgraduate programme. He is also the lead for the DDSc Endodontic Pathway and a joint teaching lead for the Restorative Dentistry (BDS programme). Fadi completed his BDS in 1997 and obtained a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2001. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2003, where he completed his Endodontic and Restorative specialist training. In 2012 he became an honorary consultant and was appointed Professor of Restorative Dentistry in 2017. Fadi’s clinical interest is in restorative dentistry, endodontic surgery, adult dental trauma and transitional care from Paediatrics. He developed and integrated dental implant training into the doctorate endodontic programme and lead the running of an implant service for our PGR students.

Fadi’s research is focused on endodontic management strategies, which benefit patients. He has research collaborations in dental trauma, stem cell technology and regeneration. He has published and co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He has supervised PhD students and is currently supervising several doctorate level projects at various stages of the DDSc in Endodontics. Fadi has developed collaboration with the Institute of Psychology and Health Sciences, Clinical Engineering, Computer Science and the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Diseases. He has research collaboration with Kings College London, Imperial College London and Nottingham Trent University. Fadi is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (Restorative Dentistry), Higher Education Academy (FHIA), and International Team of Implantology (ITI). He is a Royal college of Surgeons Edinburgh examiner for the MEndo/Mpros/MPerio exam. He is a member of the Endodontics programmes’ accreditation team for the European Society Endodontic (ESE). Fadi has held a number of external examiner positions for the UG BDS, PG and PhD programmes. Fadi sits on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Speciality Advisory Board (SAB) in Restorative Dentistry and represent the college on the intercollegiate bodies, which advise on Restorative specialist training (Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC).


Laura Gartshore

Dr Laura Gartshore is Undergraduate BDS Programme Director. 

Laura qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2004. She completed further training through an NHS and University pathway to become a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry. Laura is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a Member of the Faculty of Dental Trainers, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was awarded a Lady Estelle Wolfson Leadership Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2018, and is currently Chair of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Teachers Branch. She is currently Chief Academic Adviser in the School of Dentistry. Laura is an Assigned Educational Supervisor for specialty trainees in Paediatric Dentistry, and a Research and Clinical Supervisor for postgraduate dental students. She is an external examiner of BDS in London, and for MFDS and MPaed Dent (Royal College of Surgeons).

Laura’s research interests are in dental education and paediatric dental trauma. 

Joanne Bowles


Mrs Joanne Bowles is the undergraduate BSc Dental Therapy programme director.  

Joanne is a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist having qualified from The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2000.  She has worked within hospital, community and practice environments.

Joanne is now a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, School of Dentistry and CLC1 Lead for the Centennial Curriculum (BDS/BSc curriculum). Gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2016 is now finishing her Masters dissertation. In 2018 Joanne gained recognition for teaching and learning and was successful in an application to become a Senior Fellow in Higher Education. She is also currently an external examiner for Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy programmes at Queen Mary University of London. 

Joanne’s areas of interest are periodontology and dental education including; student assessment and development and interprofessional education (IPE).

Lynne Millsopp

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‌Lynne Millsopp is Senior Tutor and a Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery at Liverpool University Dental School.

Senior Tutor is primarily a welfare role – she is involved in giving pastoral support to students on the BDS and DCP programmes.

Her role as Clinical Teacher in Oral Surgery/Oral Medicine involves teaching students on consultation and treatment clinics, where a wide range of oral surgery and oral medicine conditions are identified and treated.

Previously, her research interest in Quality of Life in Oral Cancer led to the award of a Master of Philosophy. However, teaching is now her main focus and she recently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Kathryn Fox 

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‌Dr Kathryn Fox is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Specialist and Prosthodontics at the University of Liverpool. She is the Academic Lead for Continuing Professional Development and works alongside the dental school Team CPD to offer lifelong learning for both dentists and dental care professionals.

She is also a joint Teaching Lead for Restorative Dentistry and is currently an external examiner at Belfast and Glasgow Dental Schools. She is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the Higher Education Academy and her research interests include operative dentistry and dental education.

Tony Preston


Dr Tony Preston is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Liverpool. He is also also part of the Admissions Team at the Dental School.

Dr Preston has experience in general dental practice, hospital dentistry and academic dentistry. His teaching and research interests include dental cariology, prosthodontics.

Vicky Kewley

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Vicky Kewley is the Director of the Dental Care Professionals Programme as well as a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry

and Paediatric Dentistry. She has undertaken extensive postgraduate study within her specialities.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is an examiner for the Tri-collegiate Speciality Membership in Special Care Dentistry. She has experience within general dental practice, the salaried dental service, secondary hospital dental service and within this academic position. In addition to her main academic role as director of DCP programmes, she also

coordinates the dental nurse post qualification course in Special Care Dentistry. Her main teaching interests are in student development and education, as well as development of the programmes within the school as a whole.