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Dr Alan Gilmour 

Career Profile

University Education

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Edinburgh, 1979
Fellowship in Dental Surgery, RCS of Edinburgh, 1985
Completion of Higher Specialist Training in Restorative Dentistry, RCS of Edinburgh, 1993
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wales, 1995
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA, 2002
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Open University, 2006

Major Honours and Distinctions

Wade Teaching Award 1996
President of the British Association of Teachers in Conservative Dentistry 1997
Examiner for Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since 1999
Examiner for the Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship since 2003

Present Appointment

Reader/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry
Learning and Scholarship Group, Dental School, College of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff

Previous Appointments

House Officer & Senior House Officer, 1979 to 1981: Edinburgh Dental Hospital/School
General Dental Practitioner, 1981 to 1984: Messrs. Hales and Anderson, 25 Allan Park, Stirling
Registrar, 1984 to 1986: Edinburgh Dental Hospital/School
Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, 1986-1996: Dental School, UWCM, Cardiff

Memberships / External Activities

Current Examinerships:-

  • External examiner for Final BDS examination at Bristol University (ended 2009)
  • External examiner for MSc in Dental Primary Care – University of Edinburgh
  • Examiner panels for MFDS and MRD of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Examiner panel for the Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship Examination in Restorative Dentistry

Current Memberships:-

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Association for Dental Education in Europe
  • British Dental Association
  • International Society for Dental Research
  • Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry
  • British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry
  • British Society  for Restorative Dentistry
  • Welsh Restorative Speciality Group

Teaching Profile


This is and has been a major part of my career largely because of the high teaching demands required from clinical teachers within my discipline. Currently my teaching responsibilities involve 4 sessions of direct student contact teaching Prosthodontics. The nature of the teaching is varied and involves 2 years of students, year 3 and year 4. Initial teaching is through lecture, seminar and student directed learning before embarking on clinical demonstrations and simulated clinical activity in a Phantom Head Laboratory. As students progress they then use their new skills and knowledge in the clinical environment on their own patients under close supervision. This is highly intensive because of the irreversible nature of the procedures being undertaken and also the need to use the environment to get students to reflect on their experiences and develop a personal learning plan.

As our course has developed so has the need to look at newer ways of delivery and to this end I have been actively involved in eLearning through our VLE. This has included podcasts, online assessment as well as placing extensive learning material online.

Finally, I am the Clinical Dentistry Theme Leader (until August 2010). This is a managerial role which involves the overview of the whole of clinical dentistry teaching at the undergraduate level. Clinical dentistry is the largest of the 5 Themes within the Dental Curriculum.


In addition, to postgraduate degrees by research I have extensive experience over many years in the delivery of postgraduate education locally, nationally and internationally. This has included formal and informal chairside teaching of junior hospital staff (SHOs), and lectures and hands-on courses to primary care dental practitioners. In addition, as the Training Programme Director I have been responsible for the training of Specialist Registrars in Restorative Dentistry in Wales. Previously I have acted as Course leader and provided modules for the Distance Learning Course run by the Dental Postgraduate Department. Also I acted as the Chairman of the Postgraduate Teaching Committee and the Modular Postgraduate Education Committee. Until recently I was involved with the development and running of a course in Dental Implantology. This course has recently been validated into a taught MSc programme which will run from 2009.

Regarding postgraduate examinerships I have been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh  for FDS, MFDS, MRD since 1999 and for the Intercollegiate Speciality Examination in Restorative Dentistry since 2003. I have recently been asked to be the external examiner for the MSc in Dental Primary Care, University of Edinburgh. These external examinerships allow me to see the relevant standards in other Institutions or groups which have proved useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels here.

I have supervised the following research theses:-

•        2010 MPhil thesis – G Absi - “Development of a Distance Learning Postgraduate Educational Programme for Dental Technicians”

•        2009 MSc – Teresa James dissertation for fulfillment of BUOLD course University of Bristol – “The use of magnifying loupes in undergraduate dental training” Submitted September 2008

•        2008 MPhil thesis – Moran F - “Component Release and Flexural Properties Following Solvent action on Resin Based Restorative Materials.”

•        2005 MScD Thesis – Douvitsa P - “The Flexural Properties And Component Release From Resin Containing Dental Materials”

•        2001 PhD Thesis – Koutsouri N – “An in vitro investigation of the cariostatic action of Restorative materials”

Ongoing research theses supervision includes the following:-

•        MPhil – George Absi –  “Development of a New Web-Based Distance Learning Postgraduate Educational Course for Dental Technicians” – estimated completion date April 2009

•        MSc -  Teresa James dissertation for fulfillment of BUOLD course University of Bristol – “The use of magnifying loupes in undergraduate dental training” Submitted September 2008

Finally along with the supervision of MScD, MPhil and PhD students I have been the examiner for 3 MScD and 2 PhD theses and a mentor for another PhD student.