Dr Claudia Cunningham
Claudia is our interim Head of Dentistry. Claudia is passionate about dental education. She believes that providing dental students with an excellent education is essential in ensuring that future generations of dentists grow into successful lifelong learners who share her enthusiasm for dentistry.
As Interim Head of Dentistry, Claudia is responsible for academic leadership and management of Dentistry courses and research within the School. This involves responsibility for student experience, teaching excellence, curriculum design, student support and quality assurance of all activities within the School. Claudia's research interests include selection to dental education and widening access to dentistry.
Graduating from Dundee Dental School in 2002, Claudia completed 2 years of training in general practice, paediatrics and community dentistry. She developed a skill for treating anxious patients with the use of relative analgesia. This led her to seek a role within the salaried services in Aberdeen in 2004. Claudia delivered general dentistry and led an anxiety referral clinic and in 2008 was appointed as a Senior Dental Officer.
In 2008, Claudia was also appointed as a part-time senior lecturer teaching communication skills at Aberdeen University. Here, her passion for dental education quickly grew. She completed an MSc in Dental Public Health (2012, Kings College London) and was appointed Theme Lead for Dental Public Health and Behavioural Sciences in 2011. In addition to this role, Claudia was appointed as Year 3 Lead, Year 5 mentor and Dental School Assessment Lead (2014-17). Claudia completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (2015, Aberdeen University), which led her to pursue a PhD in Dental Education. She explored selection methods in undergraduate dental education. In 2021, Claudia was the first person to graduate with a PhD in Dental Education in Aberdeen University's 526-year history.
Claudia has recently been awarded Fellowship of the College of General Dentistry. Denoted by the postnominal letters ‘FCGDent’, is the highest membership grade of the College. The mark of accomplishment in general dentistry indicates a dental professional’s commitment to professional development and reflective practice, diligence in upholding the highest standards of clinical care, and distinction across clinical and professional domains.'
- BDS, Dundee, 2002
- PhD Dental Education, 2021, Aberdeen
- MSc Dental Public Health, 2012, Kings College London
- PGCertMedEd, 2015, Aberdeen
- MFDS RCPS (Glasg), 2019, Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow
- FCGDent, 2023, College of General Dentistry
- FHEA, Advanced HE, 2015
- Dental education
- Selection to healthcare education
- Widening access to clinical professions
- GDC registered
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