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Professor Nick Grey (BDS, MDSc, PhD, DRD, MRD, FDSRCSEd, FHEA) - personal details

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Professor Nick Grey

Role: Professor of Dental Education/Faculty Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning/National Teaching Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 6650


The School of Dentistry

The J R Moore Building

The University of Manchester


M13 9PL





Nick Grey qualified in 1985 from The University of Sheffield. After a series of National Health Service Hospital appointments, he moved to Edinburgh as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry.

In 1997, he became Clinical Director, whilst the Hospital moved in to new state of the art premises. In conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, he developed taught Master's Degrees and was heavily involved in innovative schemes for the training of recently graduated Dentists. He was involved in the development a new School of Dental Nursing and in 2004 moved to Manchester to take up a teaching appointment. He very soon became Course Co-ordinator for Restorative Dentistry and in June 2007 was made Head of School. 

In his time as Head of School, the research team have been ranked first amongst all Dental Schools in the U.K. in the recent RAE 2008. This was as a result of bold planning over a number of years by his predecessors, which underpins the School's strategy of ensuring succession planning. The School has had unparalled success in teaching in 2008/2009; a historic 100% success in the final year examinations, top ranking in the National Student Satisfaction survey and top ranked School in the Guardian League tables.

In 2009 he was promoted to Professor of Dental Education and also to Faculty Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning and in 2010, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Forum of Heads of School in Europe
  • Association for Dental Education Europe
  • Dental Schools Council, U.K
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - Specialist Advisory Board
  • Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry
  • British Society of Periodontology


  • BDS (Sheffield, 1985)
  • MDSc (Leeds 1989)
  • DRD (RCSEd , 1990)
  • FDS (RCSEd, 1990)
  • MRD (RCSEd, 1993)
  • PhD (Manchester, 2000)
  • MILT (2003)
  • FHEA , formerly MILT (2007)


Professor Nick Grey is currently Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty. His main role within the School of Dentistry is in teaching. His current theme is to explore new models of the delivery of teaching and learning for Student Dentists, to enhance their experience. In addition, he is developing novel ways to engage the student body using a myriad of ways of communication.

He has been heavily involved in the development of the new Manchester Dental Programme with an emphasis on the development of clinical competencies and adopting an outcome approach to the way teaching and learning is delivered. He has encouraged a team approach to teaching to broaden the learning experience for Student Dentists and is developing the philosophy of student teams involving all of the Dental Care Professionals. Recently, a collaboration with the Manchester Metropolitan University, who teach Students of Dental Technology has further enabled a team approach to teaching.

Nationally he is an examiner for Royal College of Surgeons and also a member of their Advisory Board in Restorative Dentistry. 

He has lectured nationally and internationally and co-authored one textbook.

In 2007 he was awarded "Teacher of the Year" for his efforts in enhancing the learning experience for Students. As Head of School he has overseen the building of a State of the art Clinical Skills Facilty and the refurbishment of the main undergraduate clinical treatment clinic which places Manchester at the forefront of high quality teaching resources.

His aim is to achieve the University targets for 2015 and nurture a happy and productive environment for all staff and students. He is passionate about enhancing the teaching and learning experience for students.

Social Responsibility

Professor Grey engages in the delivery of dental care to the general dental public as part of his NHS clinical commitments.  He also if the clinical and acdemic lead for the final year Student Dentists and overesees their teaching of socially responsible issues.



Nick is heavily involved in both the clinical and academic teaching for all years of Student Dentists and has played a major role in the development of the School's forward thinking new dental undergraduate curriculum.

He has developed links with other Dental Care Professionals to enhance the learning experience for all members of the dental team which he sees as vital for the future provision of the highest quality dental care for patients.

He is a Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and as such has a major role in overseeing the treatment planning and progression of final year clinical cases.

He is heavily involved in assessment and has worked on several local and national projects relating to assessment using competencies, where he has developed and overseen their implementation.

Nationally, he is actively involved in several committees that inform policy on the future of dental education.

Internationally, Nick has examined and inspected dental programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Cairo.

His main thrust is to make the learning experience for students as enjoyable as possible and has along with colleagues, led innovative ways of engaging the student body via weekly updates, blogs and podcasts.