Leonard Maguire, a Queen’s University student from Dungannon, has been ranked first across the 16 Dental Schools in the UK and from the Dental Schools in Europe who were assessed.
Speaking about his success Leonard said: ‘I am really pleased to have been ranked number one in the UK in the recent Dental Foundation Training recruitment process.
‘The employability programme at the Centre for Dentistry has been invaluable in terms of encouraging development of my skills.’
Half of Queen’s University’s final year dental students were also ranked in the top 20%
Professor Donald Burden, director of the Centre for Dentistry at Queen’s, said: ‘We are delighted that for the second year in a row a Queen’s dental student has been ranked first in the UK and that more than half our students are in the top 20%.
‘These results reflect not only the hard work and commitment of our students but also the high quality of teaching delivered by the dental teaching team.’
National recruitment to dental foundation training was introduced for Wales and England for all dental graduates in 2011 with Northern Ireland joining the process in 2012.
Students are assessed in their final year of study using professional, clinical and management scenarios and a situational judgment test.
Students are then ranked according to their performance in these areas.
Last year’s highest ranking student in the UK was also another Queen’s dental student, Conan Mackle, from Derry.