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The Dental Academy

Explore the teaching and research activities taking place within our Dental Academy

The Dental Academy is a modern, primary-care based school that trains General Dental Council-registered and qualified dental care professionals, and offers comprehensive oral and dental healthcare to the public.

We offer three degree-based programmes – in Dental Nursing CertHE, BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene, and BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy – and there is a strong emphasis on team training within the Dental Academy.

Students train in practice teams using modern clinical facilities that replicate those found in real NHS dental practices. Our evidence-based approach to education is further enhanced by our involvement with various areas of research.

We've received an Athena Swan Bronze award for our commitment to gender equality in the dental profession.

The Dental Academy is supported through our partnership with the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King's College London, whose dental students are also trained within our school.

Athena Swan Bronze award

Dental Academy patient services

Please visit our page on the NHS website to find out if we're currently accepting patients.

Learn more about Dental Academy patient services

There is an emphasis on practical teaching within the Dental Academy, and our students start treating patients – under the close supervision of qualified staff – early in their studies. Our students start on simulation models known as 'phantom heads', before putting their learning into action with real patients.

Our live teaching clinics have treatment bays replicating the set-up of a dental surgery, and students work together in small teams to replicate the conditions of general dental practices – giving them valuable experience in building intra-professional working relationships. Our students also spend time on placements, observing dentistry in a variety of settings.

We support our students through a personal tutor system and use an app-based longitudinal assessment method to track students clinical progress and provide continuous feedback. In 2018 we achieved a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey with 100% of our graduates placed in either further education or work within 6 months.

We also offer a variety of continuing professional development (CPD) courses and postgraduate courses including: 

Our teaching areas

Welcome to the Dental Academy

Take a tour of our Dental Academy at the University of Portsmouth, where we teach Dental Hygiene, Dental Therapy and Dental Nursing courses.


The Dental Academy delivers outreach activities, including offering free dental health services to the public, during which our dental nurse, dental hygienist and dental therapist students gain valuable professional experience.

Our preventative and educational work in the community also gives students a better understanding of the social impact of good dental care – with our students regularly involved with clinics at schools and hostels for the homeless. 


Our research is focused on delivering evidence-based health care to our patients and the community, and on improving the quality of dental education.

Our global team of postgraduate researchers, research associates and research clinicians are working on areas such as children's oral health, dental care for new and expecting mothers, oral health within the older community, and community outreach dental activities.

Our research was submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF 2021) in Unit of Assessment 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy). 90% of this research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour and 100% of the Impact Case Studies were rated as very considerable in terms of their reach and significance.

We also offer MPhil, PhD and PhD by Publication programmes – to find out more, visit our Dental and Oral Health postgraduate research degrees page.

Our areas of expertise

Explore the work we're doing across our areas of expertise:

Recent projects include

  • Pilot HEYA oral health programme

    A pilot programme for children, which focused on improving tooth brushing skills, increasing the number of children using fluoride toothpaste in the Early Years setting (in addition to tooth brushing at home), raising awareness of good oral health practice with parents/carers and children, and improving sign-posting to dental services.

  • Developing an oral health promotional video for deprived families in Portsmouth

    A programme aimed at improving the dental and oral health of deprived families, in partnership with Portsmouth City Council.

  • A pilot study with dental professionals, led by Dr Kristina Wanyonyi.

  • A project, led by Dr Kristina Wanyonyi, funded by Solent NHS Trust.

Our staff

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Professor Chris Louca

  • Job Title Director of the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy
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  • Department Dental Academy
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Mrs Sarah Barber

  • Job Title Associate Head (Academic)
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  • Department Dental Academy
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
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Mrs Leanna Wynne

  • Job Title Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)
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  • Department Dental Academy
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Ms Tracy Ann Wallis

  • Job Title Associate Head (Students)
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  • Department Dental Academy
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health

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