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Student Committee

Our 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 successfully campaigned for the timing of Dental Foundation Training assessments to be retained in the autumn term of the final year.

  • We continue to campaign for all eligible UK graduates to have access to foundation and vocational training places.

  • We fought to overturn the proposed £2,000 pay cut for foundation dentists. New graduates also receive a 1% pay rise each year. Dental 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.

Committee meetings

There are two meetings a year at the BDA offices in London: spring and autumn. The last meeting was on Saturday 14 September 2019.

The BDSA meeting takes place in the morning, then the Student Committee meeting takes place in the afternoon:

10.30 - 11.00  BDSA Executive pre-meeting (Exec only)

11.00 - 12.00  BDSA Committee meeting

12.00 - 13.00  Lunch

13.00 - 16.00  BDA Student Committee meeting.

Student Manifesto

We work hard to promote the interests of dental students. Our Student Manifesto addresses the core concerns of dental students and aims to improve the situation for student dentists and ultimately patients.

Our policy priorities cover three areas:

  • Clinical experience and the dental school
  • Student finance
  • Dental Foundation Training

Further information

If you are interested in representing your school, read more about the role and responsibilities of committee members roles in these webpages. If you have further questions, then 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