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Students Committee

Mortar board image - full.jpgOur mission is to fight for the interests of UK dental students. We're here to make sure dental students views are heard and acted on.

The Student Committee represents the opinions and concerns of UK dental students. We ensure student opinions are incorporated into wider BDA activities and policy development.

We have won important battles for young dentists:

  • We have campaigned for all eligible UK graduates to have access to foundation and vocational training places. In 2014 and 2015 every single eligible UK graduate found a placement.

  • We fought to overturn the proposed £2,000 pay cut for foundation dentists in 2014. In August 2014, the planned pay cut was scrapped in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Then in September 2015, 2016 and 2017 new graduates also received a 1% pay rise. Graduate pay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 2017/18 is now £31,355.

There are challenging times and ahead and the BDA continues to campaign to ensure dental students get a fair deal. Please help support us by getting involved and raising issues through your BDA student reps. You can also keep up to date with our work via our website and support us on our social media channels.


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Committee meetings

There are two meetings a year at the BDA offices in London. The next meeting is on Saturday 23 September 2017.

Download the student expense policy and claim form below.

If you are interested in representing your school, please either speak to your school BDA Representative or email

If you have any issues that you would like the committee to consider, please e-mail


BDA student expense policy - 2016.pdf

Student Committee expense claim form - 2014.xls