Ken Marshall came to Bristol Dental School in 1967 as a Lecturer in Conservative Dentistry after three and a half years in general dental practice and nine months of hospital-based oral surgery experience. This early background enabled him to maintain a small, but useful, foothold in NHS general dental practice throughout his tenure as a member of the academic staff at Bristol Dental School.

His main interest was undergraduate teaching and he very quickly became involved in the overall management of operative techniques teaching and facilities, including the design and development of the Clinical Skills Laboratory in the 1985 School extension and the later development to its current form in the early 2000’s.

In early 1990’s he was principally responsible for the establishment of the current concept of clinical teaching in Restorative Dentistry at Bristol where each student worked fully assisted in a dental surgery modelled on an actual dental practice working environment. The first phase of this development was realised in 1995.

In 1972 he established the exchange scheme between Bristol and Hannover Dental School, was principally involved with its funding and management until his retirement in 2004 and, in 2001, this resulted in his being made an Honorary Senator of the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover.

Along with a small group of other interested staff he was centrally involved with the teaching of hypnosis to dental students, which was unique at the time in British dental schools. Additionally, from the early 1970’s, he worked with the University Veterinary School on the development of aspects of animal dentistry, dealing mainly with injuries to dog’s teeth as well as occasional cat, horse and exotic animal problems.

Throughout his stay in Bristol he played an active part in staff-student activities. This resulted in the establishment of an annual cup competition awarded for the summation of the outcomes of sporting events held over the period. These included a mix of cricket, football, tennis, table tennis, squash and golf.

He was Dental Clinical Dean from 1992 to 2001 and Head of the Division of Restorative Dentistry from 1996 until 2004.