I am delighted to send a very warm season’s greetings to all staff, students, alumni, partners and collaborators as we come to the end of 2019.
This year has been a productive one as we started to implement the new faculty strategy developed in 2018. An important aspect of our forward-looking plans is the development of our estate to provide the best possible environment for our work. To this end I was delighted that we were able to complete extensive refurbishment works of office accommodation Floor 18 of Guy’s Tower over the summer and we are now turning our attention to much needed laboratory refurbishment. More news on this will follow in the New Year.
We have developed new strategic partnerships with institutions from around the world and extended existing relationships. Notably in October we re-signed our Memorandum of Understanding with Peking University’s School of Stomatology – one of the top 3 Schools in China, and in November at the Egyptian Embassy in London we established a MoU with the new Sharm el Sheik International University (SSIU).
We continue to be recognised as one of the leading global institutions in oral and craniofacial research and education. We were ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for dentistry in the QS World University rankings, and 4th in the world in the Shanghai Rankings.
Looking forward to next year, 2020 will see us launch a new education programme in dental therapy and hygiene, together with the new BDS curriculum. Preparations for the REF 2021 will intensify as we ready ourselves to demonstrate the high quality of research at the faculty. Next year is already shaping up to be a memorable and productive one.
But before we head into 2020, I’d like to thank everyone at the faculty once again for the work they do every day in maintaining our position as one of the world’s leading institutions for oral, dental and craniofacial education and research.
Have a restful, happy and peaceful holiday period – you all deserve it!
Professor Mike Curtis
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences