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Equal Opportunities - Dentistry

Cardiff University is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission. The University aims to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equality of opportunity for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds. The School of Dentistry’s selection processes are monitored in order to ensure that no applicants are disadvantaged. This commitment forms part of the Equality and Diversity Policy.

The School of Dentistry demonstrates this commitment by:

  • Making admissions decisions solely on the basis of the criteria listed within this procedure
  • Ensuring all staff involved in selection decisions have received equality and diversity training
  • Providing a contact for prospective disabled students to discuss potential access needs

Clinical Placements

Prior to commencing placements in a clinical setting students will be advised on their responsibilities towards members of the public. Students must not allow their views about a patient’s lifestyle, culture, beliefs, race, colour, gender, sexuality, age, social status or perceived economic worth to prejudice their approach or attitude towards any member of the public. Students cannot refuse to undertake a clinical placement based on these grounds provided their safety is not compromised.

Disabilities and Specific Needs

Applications from candidates with specific needs or disabilities are welcomed. All such applicants are encouraged to contact the School of Dentistry’s Disability and Specific Needs Tutors (Carole Harris or Sheila Oliver: ) at an early stage in the application process so that disability related needs can be discussed and adjustments to the process made wherever these are reasonable. Documents, including the School’s prospectus, can be supplied in large print, on audio-tape or on disk, and can be printed on different coloured paper. The Disability and Specific Needs Tutor, working with the University’s Disability Advisers, is able to give information about course delivery and access to the physical environment relevant to potential applicants with specific needs. Informal visits can be arranged during which applicants are able to view accommodation and meet academic and student support staff.

Applicants to whom offers are made may be invited to an Open Afternoon. All such applicants are invited to notify the School of any disability-related or special needs that they, or an accompanying visitor, may have so that reasonable adjustments may be put in place. In addition, where a student has disclosed a disability on his or her UCAS form and has been made an offer, the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Service will contact the student to identify support needs and any adjustments which might reasonably be made to minimise any disadvantage arising from the student’s disability. All students have an opportunity to visit the University to meet with a disability adviser and specific needs tutor to discuss the requirements of the course and what arrangements might reasonably be made to minimise any academic disadvantage arising from the student’s disability.

These measures ensure that the School of Dentistry and the University are able to provide an admissions process that is accessible to all students, and, thereafter, an accessible curriculum for applicants with disabilities or specific needs to whom offers are made.

Applications are processed without reference to disability. Applicants who are successful at interview, and who have requested support during their studies at Cardiff University, will then be assessed as to whether the School of Dentistry can deliver the programme satisfactorily and meet their support needs. The assessment will also include whether applicants can satisfy the ‘fitness to practise criteria’ of the General Dental Council (see http://www.gdc Students with disabilities are invited to visit Cardiff University and meet with the academic staff members who are disability specialists.

The GDC advise that students only be admitted if they are physically able to carry out all the tasks normally done by dentists; if this is in doubt such applicant may need to be assessed on an individual basis.

Cardiff University is able to provide support with specific learning difficulties. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to provide documentary evidence (usually in the form of an educational psychologist report). This will enable the School of Dentistry to fully assess specific recommendations for support with the learning, teaching and assessment.

Further information about the University’s provision for disabled students is available from its Disability and Dyslexia Service.

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