The BDSA is made up of an Executive Committee plus two BDA representatives from each of the UK dental schools.
In 2009 and again in 2014, students voted for a name change for the school representatives from BDSA rep to BDA rep, as it was felt that the new title summarised their role more effectively. The change also gives students a stronger voice both within the BDA and the wider dental political arena.
BDSA Executive Committee
Executive Committee contains five members and is responsible for
managing the activities of the BDSA and the BDA Student Committee. Each
member is voted in at the Annual General Meeting which takes place at
the BDSA conference.
Executive committee roles:
President - Oversees the activities of the executive committee, plus Vice Chair of BDA Student Committee
Secretary - Organises the annual BDSA Sports Day
Conference Organiser - Responsible for organising the BDSA annual conference
Communications Officer - Responsible for all BDSA communications, including BDJ Student articles
Treasurer - Manages the BDSA finances and is responsible for claiming subs from each school.
To run for the position of BDSA President, you must have previously been a BDA Representative. All other Executive Committee positions are open to any UK dental student.
Local BDA Representatives
In addition to the Executive Committee, each UK dental school has two BDA Student Representatives: a Junior and a Senior. They are known as 'BDA reps'.
The reps are elected in a variety of ways depending on individual dental schools. Normally the position is available at annual Dental Society elections with reps holding office for two years; initially classed as Junior, then progressing to Senior.
Roles of the local BDA representatives:
- Act as the BDA and BDSA school student contact
- Canvas opinions on matters discussed at BDA Student Committee and BDSA meetings
- Publicise BDA and BDSA events
- Approach the BDSA Executive about matters of student concern.
- Promote BDA membership.
BDA reps attend BDA Student Committee meetings and BDSA meetings twice a year in London (expenses paid). These reps have two roles, first to sit on the BDA Student Committee and carry out political work, and secondly to work as your BDSA rep to help arrange your national social events.
To find out more about the role and responsibilities BDA Reps, download the BDSA Handbook below.
BDSA Handbook - 2014.docx