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19 October 2020

Update to Alumni from Dean for Education, Professor Kim Piper

An update from Professor Kim Piper on delivering education in 2020

Students using the new simulation facilities

Dear Alumni

As a world leading dental school it will be no surprise to our alumni that we managed the transition overnight to virtual learning, providing a dynamic mix of seminars, discussion forums, lectures and numerous case-based discussions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

We have hosted international and national speakers, delivered our exams online and ran inspiring research, and educational oral and poster presentations. This all took place before June when we were the 1st UK dental school to return at all sites.

Situating learning on the open plan clinics using phantom heads attached to headrests, with investment in bespoke simulated caries and endodontic teeth, is allowing our students to progress through a structured programme at all levels. Our students are also developing skills in telephone triage and patient facing treatments across restorative care, oral medicine and surgery.

By taking advantage of the 3 million pounds of investment from King’s College London we are now ready for the next phase to provide world-class high and low fidelity simulation, alongside the increase in patient facing treatments following Trust investment in new micro motor handpieces, and state of the art ventilation in open clinics.

Do keep safe, where ever you are in the world. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the work performed by our staff and students at the faculty.


Professor Kim Piper
Dean for Education
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
King’s College London