Dentistry is a unique multi-skilled profession, with business acumen and sound social skills required on top of clinical care. Through the work of Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, the University of Plymouth gives dental students opportunities to have early clinical exposure in areas of significant social and economic deprivation.
The internal business case was successfully made due to the impact of the initiative on student experience and employability. Students would be given an opportunity to learn in a real-world setting and to have a positive impact in their local community and, in doing so, they would acquire a better understanding of what they are likely to encounter when qualified.
Since its first graduates in 2011, nearly 100% of the University’s dental students have gone straight into employment. The curriculum was top in the 2018 UK National Student Survey, with 100% of students satisfied with its teaching.
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