For all those practitioners stressed with the antics of our beloved CQC, those in the Dental School have not been spared!

In April 2014 the GDC visited Bristol for a two-day inspection, returning in May/June to meet staff and students and to shadow the exams at Finals. Although the full report has still to be published, initial feedback reveals the BDS programme delivered 25 of 29 Standards for Education requirements and partially met the remaining four. The GDC felt the BDS course benefited from a “strong, cohesive staff team providing excellent support for students studying in all years” This report ranks Bristol easily in the highest echelons of UK dental schools and great credit must go to Dave Dymock, James Tubman and especially Jonathan Sandy for all their hard work in submitting such a first rate programme.

This comes on the back of the December results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assessed the quality of research carried out in Universities across the UK, and was conducted jointly by the Funding Councils for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The results for the University were outstanding, as it ranked University of Bristol among the top five institutions in the UK for its research. The Dental School achieved an excellent result, seeing an increase in the percentage of world-leading and internationally excellent research.