Private dental school to open
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Monday 17 September 2012
Britain's first private dental school will open next September. The school, which will take 100 students a year on a five-year course costing £180,000, is expected to be the forerunner of many more private institutions offering specialist degree courses.
Based in Leicester, it is the result of a joint venture by the University of Buckingham – the country's first private university – and the Leicester Dental Teaching Academy. Students, who under current rules will be eligible for loans up to a maximum of £9,000 a year, will receive an education that is more practically based. The 500 students will visit 400 patients a day.
The course is expected to appeal to the international market. David Willetts, the Universities minister, welcomed the initiative, saying that it would have "spin-off economic benefits to suppliers, contractors and the local economy".
The new dean, Professor Stuart Morganstein, said the school "will prepare students for a lifetime career".
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