School of Dentistry's Clare Ratcliff heading to national competition final

Final-year dentist will test her skills against undergraduates from around the country
Monday, February 6, 2017

A University of Dundee student will be heading to the final of a national dental skills competition, following an exciting win in the local heat.

The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEd) - Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition saw final-year School of Dentistry students given the task of constructing a high-quality complex mouth mould in one hour, with Clare Ratcliff ultimately crowned the winner.

Clare can now look forward to competing against students from 16 dental schools around the UK for the chance to attend Dentsply Sirona's Restorative Forum in Kostanz, Germany this June.

Clare said:

"I am very much looking forward to the final and feel very lucky to be involved in it."

"By the sounds of it, the tasks set are designed to challenge us yet be enjoyable, and it's great to be a part of the group of students getting the opportunity to try them."

The heat was judged on behalf of RCSEd by Dr Pauline Maillou, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Dentistry, and Professor Richard Ibbetson, Dean of Aberdeen Dental School.

Pauline said:

“In a well-attended competition of high standard within the School of Dentistry, Clare Ratcliff’s operative dentistry skills were judged to be outstanding.” 

“The staff here are delighted with her success, and wish her all the best in the national final on the 30th March.”

The competition is run jointly by the RCSEd and Dentsply - Sirona, a company that produces dental equipment.

For more information on the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, visit their website.

For more information on studying Dentistry at the University of Dundee, visit our course pages.

Photograph: Winner Clare (centre), alongside Samantha Murray (2nd place, left), and Yu Chen Lim (3rd place, right)

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School of Dentistry's Clare Ratcliff heading to national competition final