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About the committee

The Student Committee is made up of an Executive Committee, plus two BDA representatives from each of the UK dental schools. The student reps have dual roles, representing two organisations:

  1. To sit on the BDA Student Committee to represent students at their dental school and deal with political matters.
  2. To sit on the British Dental Students' Association (BDSA) Committee to support the two annual BDSA social events.

The BDA and BDSA are separate organisations, but work closely together. Political work is done by the BDA Students' Committee. Whilst the BDSA arrange national social events.


The Student Committee is chaired by Dr Paul Blaylock. Paul sits on the BDA Principal Executive Committee (PEC) and owns a successful practice near Newcastle. Paul also works as a part-time Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle Dental School and is Training Programme Director for Tyneside.

The BDSA President also takes on the role of Vice Chair of the Student Committee. The BDSA President is voted in at the Annual General Meeting which takes place at the BDSA conference.  

The BDSA Executive also forms the Student Committee Executive. It contains five members and is voted in at the annual general meeting which takes place at the BDSA conference.  

To run for the position of BDSA President, Communications Officer or Treasurer, you must have previously been a BDA Representative. All other BDSA Executive Committee positions are open to any UK dental student.

To find out more about the roles and how to apply, download the role descriptions below:

BDSA President - role description, March 2019.pdf

BDSA Secretary - role description, March 2019.pdf

BDSA Communication Officer - role description, March 2019.pdf

BDSA Treasurer - role description, March 2019.pdf