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The BDA’s services for dental academic staff involve both group and committee activities.

For the new triennium in 2022, we are launching the new committee: Central Committee for University Dental Educators and Researchers. The new title is intended to the reflect the modern workforce delivering research, teaching and clinical service provision across the UK. The new committee seeks a wide range of individuals to join and be a part of improving the working lives of colleagues. This new BDA committee is concerned with all matters that affect university dental educators and researchers.


Our current work strands:


  • Ensuring pay parity with NHS colleagues
  • Providing evidence on dental academia to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body
  • Understanding clinical academic pensions
  • Responding to the BEIS consultation on reducing research bureaucracy
  • Understand the dental academic workforce


The Dental Academic Staff Group aims to encourage and serve the educational, scientific, clinical and social interests of members of the dental profession in UK dental schools and in research.

Dental Academic Reference Group

The Clinical Reference Group is concerned with evaluating and taking leadership on issues relating to and affecting Dental Academics.


Our members are at the fulcrum of policies concerning both higher education and the NHS and seek to respond in a positive manner to the challenges raised.


University Dental Teachers are clinical academic staff who are university employees holding an honorary NHS contract.


They are thus affected by many policies covering both higher education and the NHS.


The Committee


Giles McCracken – current Chair
Anwar Tappuni
Callum Youngson
Caroline Pankhurst
Dominic Hurst
Gillian Baker
Helen Mather
James Field
Jamie Coulter
Miranda Pring
Praveen Sharma
Priya Bahal
Richard Fitzgerald
Robert McAndrew
Shalini Kanagasingam
Simon Shepherd
Swati Nehete


If you would like further information regarding issues affecting clinical dental academia, please contact Nicola Hawkey:


Dental University Accredited Representatives

Dental school representatives are the BDA’s reps for both trade union and professional activities in dental schools. They are legally accredited trade union representatives and can advise on pay and conditions of service matters.


More information


For more information please contact a member of the employment relations team