A Leeds academic has won a national teaching
fellowship award, making the University one
of only seven in the UK to win a fellowship
three years running.
to the root of what makes a good dentist -Michael
Manogue with students in the dental school's
clinical skills laboratory
for learning and teaching in dentistry, Dr
Michael Manogue, follows previous winners
Dr Ian Hughes and Dr Pauline Kneale in receiving
a £50K fellowship over three years.
His project will look at what makes a good
dentist, and how to ensure applicants to dental
school fit the bill.
applicants to study dentistry are lucky enough
never to have experienced major dental treatment
themselves, so they may not fully appreciate
what it means either to be a dentist or a
dental patient," said Dr Manogue. "Its
possible that traditional means of judging
applicants arent the best way to identify
suitable candidates, and many able and committed
students fail to get a place."
Manogue will interview patients, students,
graduates and employers to identify the qualities
of a good dentist. With the school of psychology,
he will then use the survey results to develop
tests assessing applicants' personal attributes
and capabilities, including 3D spatial awareness.
Admissions tutors in dentistry will be trained
in special interview techniques. The project
will run alongside the existing selection
system in dentistry in 2005 to evaluate its
strengths and weaknesses.
University also runs its own teaching fellowship
scheme. For more information see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/