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About the programme

Participants gain insider knowledge across various domains such as governance, policy and research, education, PR and media, and more. The programme consists of face-to-face leadership training, a series of live webinars and pairing with senior committee chairs to experience governance in action. Our aim is to inspire and empower our participants, enabling them to create the foundations needed to become the healthcare leaders of the future.

The application period for the 2023-2024 academic year is now closed. We encourage aspiring leaders in dentistry to join our membership and prepare to apply for the next academic cycle. Visit our student membership page to explore the benefits and join our community. 

Programme details

Applications are welcome from all student members. Due to our limited cohort size, the application process is competitive with preference given to student BDA representatives.

  • Duration: The programme runs from October to May each year
  • Commitment: Participants are expected to actively engage in various activities including online discussions, mentorship sessions, and project work
  • Accreditation: Successful participants receive a certificate of completion, a valuable addition to your professional credentials
  • Networking: The programme emphasises building a strong network, connecting you with peers and experienced professionals in the field.

Here’s just some of the feedback from last year’s cohort:

This programme is one of the highlights of my time at dental school. I would recommend [it] to any dental student wishing to develop their interpersonal and professional skills.

It has given me the confidence to engage more in my career aside clinical work and push myself to pursue dental politics.

I am more confident to speak out and present now. Especially with people more senior than I am. I now feel I have more of a right to speak whereas before I would just listen.

Enjoy member benefits

Join as a student member

We provide advice and support to help you succeed with your studies and make the right start in your career in dentistry - all for £2.75 per month! You'll also get free access to counselling and support through Health Assured 24/7, 365 days a year.
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