Widening Participation in the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry is committed to increasing widening participation for its programmes in line with the Dental School Council’s Selecting for Excellence report. This aims to provide a body of evidence which dental schools can use to ensure that they are selecting candidates who will make excellent dentists – no matter their backgrounds.

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. Prospective 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”

“I believe it could be a career choice for me” 

The Dental School is also involved in other widening participation initiatives including:

Destination Dentistry - Welcomes Year 12 students who are seriously considering making an application to study dentistry. Over three days of workshops, students learn interview and application techniques, practise clinical skills and visit a local clinical setting.

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.