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

  • 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 24 March 2018.

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

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


Student Committee expense claim form - 2014.xls