Widening Participation in the School of Dentistry

Here at the Liverpool School of Dentistry we are committed to seeking out and supporting talented people from under-represented groups who have the potential to become tomorrow’s dentists, but may not have considered dentistry as a possibility.

Greater diversity within the dental profession is goal that benefits us all, ensuring that it is reflective and understanding of the needs of its patients in the future. Our aim is therefore to offer support and opportunities to groups of people, who are under-represented in higher education, including:

  • Low participation groups
  • Mature students
  • Those with care experience
  • Gender parity and ethnic diversity

Events and activities
Our Year 9 taster day and Year 10 summer school in 2019 offered informative talks about dentistry as a career plus an insight into what it’s like to be a dental student. Students also had the opportunity to practice placing a filling in a tooth cavity, demonstrate tooth brushing techniques and interpret dental x-rays with the help of dental students and staff. Feedback from both events is being used to help shape and further improve our future activities.

“It was epic, I loved it and want to come again”

“[The dentistry part] I believe it could be a career choice for me”


The Dental School is also involved in other widening participation initiatives including:
Merseyside Young Medics programme (MYM) which supports young people in Years 9-13 from under-represented groups and have the potential and interest in studying medicine or health-related subjects at university.

Into University (IU) which provides local learning centres where young people are inspired, plus mentoring and buddy opportunities.

Events for students

Currently, due to COVID-19 we have suspended all events. The section will be updated in due course. 

Other programmes:
The University of Liverpool, in collaboration with local FE partners, has developed a Year Zero foundation programme for Home/EU students that leads to the Dentistry (A200) and Dental Therapy (B750) programmes.

The School of Dentistry also supports the Liverpool’s Scholars Programme and Realising Opportunities Group, which aim to encourage and assist applications from students from disadvantaged backgrounds.