10 December 2010
Marlyn Glen has welcomed answers to her Parliamentary Questions which show that the dental bursary scheme at Dundee University which provides financial incentives for students to work in NHS dentistry in Scotland on graduation has produced 128 graduates, 49 of whom are now working in NHS Tayside.
The scheme, introduced in 2006 by the previous Labour-led Scottish Executive, offers annual bursaries of £4,000 to dental students at Dundee who guarantee to work in NHS dentistry in Scotland for up to a maximum of 5 years as from students’ second year of study.
The bursary has been available since 2006 at Glasgow University as well and since 2006 has produced 178 dental graduates as members of the dental workforce in NHS Scotland.
Education Secretary Mike Russell informed Ms. Glen that almost £1 million – £968,000 – was spent in the last academic session, 2009-2010, at Dundee University.
242 dental students at Dundee received bursaries in that session.
Ms. Glen said,
” The entry of these Dundee graduates into NHS dentistry is having a real impact, thanks to this bursary scheme.
” In addition, the Dundee graduates are now working across the whole of Scotland with the exception of two health boards.
” Their commitment to work in the NHS, as well as their professional excellence is helping to sustain Dundee’s reputation as a centre of dental excellence and also promoting the good name of the city.”