INSPIRE event goes national
Glasgow event hopes to encourage students to look at academic careers
The first national INSPIRE conference took place at Glasgow Dental School recently with the aim of encouraging students to consider careers in clinical academia.
INSPIRE is a UK-wide initiative co-ordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences that has been running since 2013. Last year, a group of Glasgow students held the first Scottish INSPIRE event at the school and its success prompted them to host the first national conference. The event saw more than 80 students from Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow hear presentations from academics and clinicians working at universities in Scotland. Dundee dental dean Professor Mark Hector amused with his tale of how serendipitous encounters and hard work have guided him in his career, Glasgow’s Dr Aileen Bell highlighted her own unorthodox route into dentistry and academia, Dr Nicholas Beacher, a lecturer and clinician in special care, spoke of his career in academia to date, and his aspirations and plans for the future, and Dr George Cherukara of Aberdeen spoke of his unexpected journey into academia and the rewards his career has brought him throughout the years.
Dean of Glasgow Dental School Professor Jeremy Bagg said: “This event exemplified the value of the INSPIRE programme. This student-led meeting brought together staff and students from Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow Dental Schools in a relaxed environment, which highlighted the significant opportunities for dental students who are interested in following an academic career path. The content and atmosphere of the meeting were superb and I really hope that this becomes an annual event in the calendar of our Scottish dental schools.”