Oversees the activities of the executive committee, plus Vice Chair of BDA Student Committee
Neha Mehta, Birmingham
Hello everyone! My name is Neha Mehta a third-year student at Birmingham and I am really excited to be your BDSA President this year! I have been a BDA Student Committee member for three years now and have learnt a great deal. I have a lot of ideas around introducing events with an academic focus and expanding our outreach to students. I will also endeavour to ensure integration of dental students and facilitate political student activities.
The BDSA acts as a platform where the views and opinions of dental students can be raised to the BDA and beyond. We are in a unique position where we work alongside national committees to discuss and influence policies, all with the aim of improving our experience at, and after dental school.
Most importantly we are a committee run by dental students for dental students. We are facing difficult times at the moment and as students we are met with a great deal of uncertainty surrounding our exams, patient care and even how our curriculum will look. Therefore, if anyone has any concerns about the COVID-19 situation or ideas on the future of BDSA, we are happy to listen and offer our support so please do get in touch!
I am looking forward to leading the committee this year and look forward to meeting you all at our events. We have been working hard to ensure that our events will still run as planned however the dates of these events may have to be rescheduled due to the situation. Always remember, we are here to represent your voice so please do not hesitate to contact us!
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Sports Day Organiser
Organises the annual BDSA Sports Day
Responsible for organising the BDSA annual conference
Sara Member, Manchester
Hello! My name is Sara Member and I'm currently a third year dental student at The University of Manchester. This year I will be taking on the role of BDSA Conference Organiser 2020-21.
Each year, a different dental school hosts the BDSA Conference: a three day event which consists of academic lectures, social events and a trade fayre. The event is definitely a highlight of the BDSA calendar, it allows dental students from all over the UK to integrate and network with professionals in the field, whilst still being extremely fun and memorable.
Manchester Dental School will be the hosting the BDSA Conference in February / March 2020 and we are absolutely thrilled to have been selected. With the major disruption we are all currently going through due to COVID-19, my committee and I will do absolutely everything we can to ensure every attendee has an unforgettable time.
Looking forward to meeting you all there!
Responsible for all BDSA communications, including social media and BDJ Student articles
Richa Tore, Birmingham
Hello everyone! My name is Richa Tore and I'm currently a fourth year dental student at the University of Birmingham. I will be your new BDSA Communications Officer for 2020-21.
I have been involved with the BDSA Committee and BDA Student Committee for the last three years, as well as being on the Birmingham University Dental Student Society committee. I'm really looking forward to my new role and I am excited to be working with all the BDA student reps from across the UK.
My main aim is to create greater integration between the dental schools and to encourage engagement from even more students. I hope to make students aware of the great opportunities and events that the BDSA has to offer and increase usage of our social media platforms to keep us all connected.
If you have any ideas or issues, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and for all the latest updates follow @bdsaofficial on Instagram!
Treasurer / Secretary
Manages the BDSA finances and meeting administration
Jeeten Patel, Barts
Hello everyone! My name is Jeeten. I'm currently a third-year dental student at Barts and The London and I'm your BDSA Treasurer and Secretary for 2020-21.
I hope to encourage engagement of more UK dental students with both the social and academic aspects of the dental profession. It's vital we voice our opinions and hold a united front to ensure dental students are heard. The amazing BDSA events on offer are a great way to learn, socialise and build these relations.
Through my role as BDSA Treasurer and Secretary I'll be managing the finances and administrative demands of the BDSA. This includes the allocations of grants, such as the Douglas Jackson Grant and assisting in the finances of BDSA events. The Douglas Jackson Grant aims to promote and support relationships between different UK dental schools, therefore I encourage any dental students with ideas on how to achieve this to apply for this funding!
I am looking forward to working with the Executive committee this year and all you dental students reading this to promote, support and strengthen our integration.
Responsible for organising the BDSA Research Summit
Jitesh Jassal, Kings
Hey everyone! I'm Jitesh, this year's newly created BDSA Academic Officer on the BDSA Executive Committee. I'm currently in my third year at King's College London. This year, I have been part of the BDSA and BDA Student Committee on behalf of King's, and I have also held various roles prior on the KCL Dental Society including being the year representative twice.
I'm really looking forward to organising an Inaugural Research Summit to add to the BDSA's calendar of events, which will aim to introduce dental students into research within dentistry. I'm also looking forward to working with the Executive Committee on various other tasks, whilst also representing students and working alongside the BDA. The upcoming year will be difficult and uncertain, so it's ever more important to ensure dental students have their voices heard across the United Kingdom.
I hope to see you all at the Research Summit and various other BDSA and BDA events throughout next year!
BDSA Past President
Responsible for overseeing continutity of the BDSA Executive Committee
Erin Jaffray, Liverpool
Hello everyone! My name is Erin Jaffray. I'm currently a fourth-year student at Liverpool Dental school and the BDSA Past President.
I will continue to ensure integration between dental students on a social level and to oversee political student activities. I will also guarantee dental students across the UK have their voice heard within the dental profession. I will endeavour to continue the success of the previous committee with the annual charity week to raise money for our chosen charity, as well as encouraging applications for the Douglas Jackson grant.
I am really looking forward to supporting the committee again this year and look forward to meeting many of you at BDSA Sports Day and Conference. Please contact us if you have any issues, views, ideas or anything you would like to discuss.