Dental School Update Discussion ThreadWatch
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At the time of writing, Scottish Dental schools have deferred 2021 graduation until 2022 with every student in all years expected to repeat the academic year. Press releases Safety net delivered for dental students as 2021 graduation deferred (bda.org)
- No decision has been publicised about the impact this has on 2021 applicants.
- No other dental schools have declared changes to 2021 graduation.
"...However, there is a possibility that in the worst-case scenario it may not be possible for students to gain the appropriate amount of clinical experience in the normal time-frame and we may be required to introduce an extra year of studentship into the BDS degree course to allow our existing students to achieve the clinical competencies required before progressing. If that becomes necessary, then we will need to defer entry of those selected to join the course in 2021 until 2022, since dental training facilities do not have the physical capacity to accommodate double years of students."
since they already confirmed the graduation deferral, the entries would also be deferred if the email is still accurate. (I got this email before the graduation deferrals were announced). That being said, this doesn't mean that the entries for Glasgow are 100% going to be deferred, so please take this with a grain of salt.
I am a first year student at Dundee and the senior executive team has informed us that there will be no intake of new students this year(2021). Those who have accepted offers will join the dental school in 2022. Additionally, there may be another intake of some students next year but the overall cohort size will not be larger than other years. I suspect Glasgow dental school may do something similar.
I don't think all UK unis will follow because some unis may have given their students clinical experience. Like I know Birmingham have allowed their students to still get their clinical experience done so hopefully they wont do it but I don't know about the rest of the unis.
Yes I did see this thanks so much though! I just wondered if anyone had heard about what they were planning on doing for this years applicants, but seems like most of them are still uncertain at the moment!