Queen’s University Dental Student Ranked First In National Assessment

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A dental student from Queen’s University, Belfast, has come out on top following a national assessment.

Leonard Maguire, originally from County Tyrone, ranked first out of 1,200 dental students across the UK in a recent assessment, which is part of the recruitment section of Dental Foundation Training. Queen’s University excelled in the assessment, with half of the students ranked in the top 20 per cent of candidates.

Students from the UK’s dental schools and schools across Europe take part in the assessment, which is designed to test student’s professionalism, their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge and their ability to act in certain situations.

Mr Maguire said that he was thrilled with the result and thanked all the staff at Queen’s for their guidance, teaching and support, which has readied him for the professional workplace.

Professor James McElnay, acing president and vice chancellor of Queen’s University, said that the results of the Dental Foundation Training assessment were very pleasing for everyone involved with the dental school. Professor McElnay congratulated students on their successes and thanked members of staff for their commitment and hard work in ensuring that students were ready to take the test.

This is the second year in a row that a Queen’s student has come out on top; last year, Conan Mackle, from Derry, was ranked first.

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