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King’s College London Dental Institute

King’s College London Dental Institute

The birth of modern dentistry: the LDS qualification

Conservation room at Guy's hospital (King's College London Archives)Conservation room at Guy’s hospital (King’s College London Archives)Welcome to this online exhibition, co-curated by King’s College London Archives & Special Collections and the British Dental Association (BDA) Museum, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the LDS – the Licentiate in Dental Surgery – the first modern qualification in dentistry.

Dentists at work at King's College LondonDentists at work at King’s College LondonIts introduction was an important landmark in the transformation of dentistry into a respected modern profession backed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It also sparked the opening or extension of new dental schools, including the forerunners of King’s Dental Institute.

Today, King’s College Archives & Special Collections and the BDA hold a wealth of records relating to dental education, including student biographies, examples of the equipment and other objects used in training, student manuals and a rich photographic record of Victorian – and more recent – dental practice, including surgery, conservation, oral hygiene and public health.

Visit the King’s College London Archives website for more information.

To learn more about the BDA Museum, visit

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition originally ran in 2010 in the foyer of the King’s building, King’s College London, and is now available to view as an online exhibition only.

About the Institute

Welcome from the Executive Dean

Mark WoolfordWelcome!

It is a great honour for me to take over as Interim Executive Dean at King’s College London Dental Institute. Excellent researchers, outstanding teachers and exceptional students create our Dental Institute, one of the foremost dental academic health science centres in the world.

Together, we focus on Understanding Disease, Enhancing Health and Restoring Function. Our ambition, as that of King’s, is to deliver impact locally, nationally and globally through discovery, innovation and education that ultimately leads to tangible improvements in patient care, population health and societal wellbeing.  We use our considerable local, national and international standing to provide ever-improving excellence in education, teaching, research and clinical care.

With our website, you can explore both what we do and what we have to offer. If you are interested in becoming a student, you will find a world of opportunities here. Your peers will be among the brightest, drawn from around the world. Your mentors will be world-class teachers, clinicians and researchers. Together, these factors set the stage for you to design an outstanding career in clinical practice, research and/or academia.

Thank you for your interest in our Dental Institute.

Professor Mark Woolford BDS, MA, PhD, FDS.

Professional Services

The Dental Institute Professional Services Staff are responsible for Faculty strategic and financial planning, governance, co-ordination of departmental professional services, academic services, quality assurance, support for the Executive Dean of Faculty & their Deputies, Faculty marketing and communications, and research and teaching support.

Contact details and further information on their respective responsibilities can be found by viewing the profiles available below.

Team overviews

Faculty Office (Dental Institute Administration)

The Faculty Office works with staff across the Institute and University to support the work of the Faculty.

  • Ensuring appropriate governance mechanisms are in place across the Faculty
  • Ensuring effective performance monitoring and measuring
  • Ensuring effective information and communication around the Faculty and with the University
  • Supporting the day-to day work of the Executive Dean and other senior faculty members


Jeremy Williams – Director of Administration

Diane Brook – Faculty Office / Business Manager

Barry Crook – Resources Manager

Teresa Goodchild – Faculty Marketing Manager

Erline Chol – Marketing Officer

Laura Shepherd – Senior Communications Officer

Louise Smith – Research Support Manager

Bill Bould – Project Manager

Jenny Chou – Project Manager

Margaret Whatley – Executive Assistant to Dean

Emily Helder – Faculty Office Administrator

Myriam Skinner – Receptionist

Academic Centre / Education Support 

The Academic Centre is the hub for student activity in the Dental Institute.  Primarily based on Floor 18, Tower Wing, the team co-ordinate timetables, assessments, LIFT UPP, clinical teaching, room bookings, and a range of student related activities for undergraduate students and a number of programme related activities for postgraduate students.


Rhian Douglas  – Faculty Education Manager

Rachel Connell / Gemma Pountney – Education Division Operations Manager (Job Share) Starting 18 April

Polly Goodfellow (starting 5 June) – Academic Operations Manager

Kirsty McLaren – Dental Outreach Manager


BDS Assessment Team

The Assessment team are responsible for the administration of all aspects of assessment relating to the undergraduate dentistry programme.

  • Delivery of assessment to undergraduate BDS students (written/online/clinical)
  • Ensuring all assessment follows College procedure
  • Upkeep of (historical) assessment record
  • Administration of Overseas Registration Exam on behalf of the General Dental Council


Hannah Cannon – Assessment Manager

Hayden Cohen – Undergraduate Officer (BDS)

Paulina Dyl – ORE Administrator

BDS Curriculum Team

The Team  works with staff across the Faculty, the NHS and College to support the work of the Undergraduate BDS Course and provides support for the student experience in the Dental Institute, including:

  • Organisation and development of timetables and  rotations
  • Distribution of course material
  • Monitoring student progress
  • Processing of applications and examinations for prizes
  • Administrative support for the curriculum, Student-Staff Liaison and progress sub-committees
  • Responding to student and staff queries regarding the BDS course


Tania de Vos – Senior Programme Administrator (Team Lead)

Victoria Redfern – Undergraduate Officer

Kinga Gawronska – Undergraduate Officer

Katherine Ho – Undergraduate Officer

Distance Learning

The Distance Learning Administration Team is responsible for supporting both the work of students and teaching staff involved in distance learning postgraduate MSc and MClinDent programmes.

Based at the Guy’s campus, The Distance Learning Administration Team provides comprehensive administrative support to all the distance learning programmes.

Running as a cohesive unit and headed up by the Senior Administrator, each team member leads proactively on specific functions to ensure a synergistic operation across the planning, delivery and quality assurance of all the distance learning postgraduate MSc and MClinDent programmes.


Almudena Sparks – Senior Distance Learning Administrator (Team Lead)

Holly Harman – Distance Learning Administrator

Naomi Cockshutt – Distance Learning Administrator

Santhi Rajoo – Distance Learning Administrator

Shannon Nation – Distance Learning Administrator

Development Team

The Development team seeks to co ordinate the Dental Institute’s development activity and to project manage its implementation.

The team works with staff across the Institute and with iTEL to support business development and to coordinate enhancements to existing programmes and to project support new PGT activities.


Laura Barsi – Business Coordination Manager

Patrick Milnes – Project Support Officer

iTEL – Informatics and technology enhanced learning hub

 iTEL Hub provides expertise and support in pedagogy, curriculum design and learning design for staff members wishing to embed technologies for teaching, learning, and assessment in their courses. They offer support in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Virtual Learning Environment (currently KEATS and Virtual Campus), learning and teaching materials, tools and technologies associated with its usage.


Dr. Jonathan P. San Diego – Head of iTEL

Amanda Kosinski – Learning Technologist

Kiran Gawali –  Learning Technologist

Jesal Patel – Learning Technologist

Stephan Abraham – Assistant Learning Technologist



The LonDEC team are responsible for the smooth running of the Dental Institutes post qualification education and training facility for dental professionals.

LonDEC offers CPD programmes to dental professionals within the UK and abroad. It is also the residential course home for the Dental Institutes students that are studying towards a post graduate award via the blended learning route. LonDEC also works collaboratively with Health Education England (NE, NW & S London) to provide education and training for dental professional within the M25


Core function of the team:

  • Designing and running short course CPD programmes
  • Hosting dental industry colleagues that are running seminar and hands-on education and training courses.
  • Work with HEE colleagues to put on a bespoke education and training programme.
  • Running LonDEC courses and conferences


Bill Sharpling – Director of LonDEC

Perry Tatman – IT / AV & Facilities Manager

Shafeen Garcia – Lead Aministrator / Course & Conference Organiser

Adekemi Bakare – Simulation Suite Supervisor

Adrian Sobers – LonDEC Centtre Attendant & Admin Assistant


Faculty Communications

The Faculty Communications team seek to communicate the activities of the Faculty and its departments in an effective and co-ordinated manner.

  • Manage internal communication with staff and students in the Faculty including monitoring the global email lists, running the Faculty’s news and events bulletins and the Faculty’s intranet
  • Co-ordinating cross-College communications including the Faculty’s contribution to Staff News
  • Writing news stories on behalf of the Faculty and co-ordinating promotion with the PR team and on the department and Faculty websites
  • Managing the Faculty website and overseeing the departmental websites to ensure accuracy and consistency
  • Managing the Faculty’s social media channels


Laura Shepherd – Senior Communications Officer

Faculty Marketing

The Marketing team are responsible for developing and implementing the marketing plan for recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students to the Faculty.

  • Promoting to prospective students
  • Providing marketing advice for new programmes
  • Co-ordinating the Faculty’s involvement in marketing initiatives: UK schools liaison, conversion campaigns, subject webinars, open days and recruitment events
  • They also represent the Dental Institute on recruitment trips
  • Updating the prospectus


Teresa Goodchild – Faculty Marketing Manager

Erline Chol – Marketing Officer

Oral Clinical Research Unit

The King’s College London Dental Institute Oral Clinical Research Unit (OCRU) supports the delivery of quality clinical research, which is high-impact  and in line with current regulations and legislation. The OCRU can be used as a central reference point to both researchers and external collaborators for help in setting up clinical research projects. It supports studies in its state-of-the-art clinical and laboratory services, which together, provide world leading clinical studies that are supported from concept to the promotion of best clinical practice.


Daniel Abrahams – Clinical Trials Manager

Linda Gane – Clinical Research Administrator


Research Support Team

 The Research Support team provide support to staff and students on research management and governance, research funding, and publication and dissemination of research. The team also organise research related events and meetings

  • Ensure grants applications across the Faculty are fully costed and submitted on time, and that grant outputs are delivered to time and budget.
  • Support the research students & staff with administrative tasks
  • Ensure the research staff comply with college Research policies including publications and Open Access
  • Support the all research staff with purchasing and expense claims


Louise Smith – Research Support Manager

Angela Gates –  Craniofacial & Stem Cell Biology Divisional Research Administrator

Kathryn Doyle – Mucosal & Salivary Biology Divisional Research Administrator

Jane Elliott – Population & Patient Health Divisional  Research Administrator

Sarah Easen – Population & Patient Health Divisional Research Administrator

Lynnette Lewis – Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Divisional Research Administrator

Laura Ruane – Dental Innovation & Translation Centre Administrator

Cat White – Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future: Global Administrator

BDS Education Division Administration

TheBDS Education Division Team are responsible for providing administrative support for clinical teachers and their involvement with undergraduate/postgraduate teaching.   They also work closely with the Academic Centre with regards to student information and the recording of student progress.

  • To support clinical teaching
  • To ensure effective communication between  members of staff and students
  • To support the day to day running of Integrated Clinical Care
  • To support Undergraduate and Postgraduate students


Elaine Denne – Senior Programme Administrator (Team Lead Guy’s)

Mandeep Sanghera – Undergraduate Administrator (Guy’s)

Vacant – Undergraduate Administrator (Guy’s)

Jodie Tennant  – Programme Administrator (Guy’s)

Cynthia Casimir – Undergraduate Administrator (Guy’s / Denmark Hill)

Rosheela Coomaraswarmy – Programme Administrator (Denmark Hill)

Catherine Kilcoyne – Undergraduate Administrator (Denmark Hill)

PGT / Intercalated Team

Adam Foster – Senior Programme Administrator (Team Lead)

Matthew Berle – Programme Administrator (Denmark Hill)

Joanna Wright – Programme Administrator (Denmark Hill)

Rachel Chin – Programme Administrator (Guy’s)

Dalia Majzoub – Programme Administrator (Guy’s)

Janine Smith – Postgraduate Officer (Guy’s)

Technical Support Staff

 The Dental Institute employs around 25 research technicians within the technical services team supported on both HEFCE funding and individual grant funding.

The Dental Institute operates on all the University’s main campuses and also includes outreach teaching facilities in West Norwood, and at Portsmouth (in association with the University of Portsmouth).  The main research laboratories are based on two Floors of Guy’s Tower, and another facility within the Hodgkin Building also on the Guy’s campus.  Overall space comprises Office (1288 m2), Highly serviced labs (1288 m2) & other (2186 m2) teaching, spin out company & Londec space.

A wide range of complex equipment and techniques are used in the course of the research in the Dental Institute such as: Confocal, Micro CT and  other Microscopical techniques, Ultrastructural Imaging, Histology & Immunohistochemistry, Tissue Culture, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Radiation, Genetic Modification, Molecular Biology and the Biological Services Unit.


Barry Crook – Resources Manager

Chris Healy – Manager, Floor 27

Katherine Paterson – Safety Manager

Hodgkin Building Technical Team

Floor 17, Guy’s Tower Technical Team

Foor 27, Guy’s Tower Technical Team

Floors 17, 27 & Hodgkin Technical Team