Over a third of Bachelor of Dental Sugery graduates have secured jobs as qualified dentists at practices throughout Devon and Cornwall.

Peninsula Dental School graduate, Julia Bernado, was runner-up in the national Dentsply Academy CeramX Case Contest this year following her presentation of her clinical work using composite resin for a patient in Plymouth.

The class of 2013 has done justice to the innovative course at the Peninsula Dental School, which when it opened in 2007, was the first new dental school in the UK for 40 years.

In addition to graduating from the Dental School, Etienne Botha will start core surgical training at Weston General Hospital in Weston-Super-Mare, followed by senior house officer positions in maxillo-facial surgery before applying for Registrar training in the discipline. His ultimate goal is to become a consultant in maxillo-facial surgery.

Professor Christopher Tredwin, head of the School of Dentistry at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, said: ‘Our congratulations go to our entire graduating cohort this year, who have managed to raise the bar of excellence still further and who have proven their employability by each and every one of them getting a job in dentistry.

‘Their achievements are the culmination of a hugely successful academic year for us, which has seen the formation of the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, the recruitment of internationally recognised academics to our research team, and our Dental Education Facilities in Derriford (Plymouth) and Truro, the first of their kind to pass a Clinical Quality Care inspection.’

Front left to right, Professor Christopher Tredwin, head of the School of Dentistry, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools and Medicine and Dentistry, and Professor Steve Thornton, Dean of Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry