Advice and support to help you succeed as a dental student and make the right start in your career.
Lobbying for better terms and conditions
We are your trade union. The NUS is for all students, but we exist only for dentistry. We negotiate on your behalf and through the Student Committee, we lobby for positive change to create the best experience possible at dental school.
Supporting your studies
We’re proud to have Europe's largest dental library – with 1000s of dental textbooks, including over 700 eBooks to read and download, that’s a huge resource to complement your university’s. We also have collections of recent articles/ packages available on key dental topics related to your curriculum.
Our Career guide – sent to fourth year members - is designed to help you with your future career choices. Experienced dentists give advice on a range of careers including general practice, specialisation and community dentistry. GDPs give the low down on working for NHS, mixed practices and dental corporates. They also give advice on special interests whilst working in practice and private dentistry.
Our famous First job guide for final years helps with the next step on your dental career path. Topics covered include dental foundation training and vocational training; preparing for the national recruitment DFT situational judgement tests; preparing for practice interviews in Scotland, and your options if you don’t secure a place.
Preparation is everything so you’ll want to do our SJT mock exam to polish up your skills for the dental foundation training assessment.
Keeping you up to date
Join your future peers and colleagues enjoying the UK's leading dental journal, BDJ, online twice a month; stay up to date with what's happening in dentistry around the UK.
Our online magazine BDJ Student informs on developments, trends and issues affecting students' journeys to, through and after university.
Hold your own in conversations about dentistry with our monthly newsletter giving you the latest news and views.
Supporting you on the ground
If you, your spouse or a dependant need counselling or emotional support, call Health Assured whenever you need it. You can access the helpline free of charge 24/7, 365 days a year. You’re not alone.
We know you can’t get enough information about careers and what’s ahead for you, so we’re out and about giving talks at dental schools. For fourth years, that’s introducing you to where you can practise dentistry and how to get there, and for final years we concentrate on interview skills needed for DFT applicants.
Saving you money
The ever-popular BDSA events are unmissable but to sweeten the deal even more, members get £30 off BDSA Sports Day and Conference tickets.
Get access to specialist insurance covering your home, tuition fees, loupes and more through Lloyd & Whyte. Start as you mean to go on.
And the biggy… Save £250 on membership when you graduate!
All for £2.75 per month