Dental Academy

Open Days

Visit the Dental Academy


We invite you to visit the Dental Academy for an open day and see what we have to offer. We put on a tour of our facilities, meet and greets with students and talks with members of staff.


There will be a welcome talk from the Head of School, Chris Louca, or the Associate Head of Education, Leanna Wynne. The tour of the academy will include two of our clinics used to treat NHS patients, decontamination areas where we teach infection control, Phantom Head lab, which is a training skills labs to teach students different dental techniques, lecture rooms, student breakout room and locker rooms.

The meet and greets will consist of discussions with current students about daily routines as a student, timetables, student housing, lectures, units, teaching styles, financial advice and placements.


Facilities that you can view on the day include:

  • 2 clinics- one with 24 dental chairs and one with 20 dental chairs (including 4 radiography pods)
  • 2 individual surgeries
  • Phantom Head skills Lab
  • Clinical Skills Lab
  • 1 large decontamination facility
  • 1 OPG radiography/ recovery room
  • Decontamination training suite

I had great fun showing families around the facilities during the open days. I have nothing but positive feedback and fond memories of UPDA, which I enjoyed sharing with the potential students. The course sets you up with the knowledge, skills and experience to enter a career in dentistry that will last a lifetime. Along the way you will build on your personal confidence and meet like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds. It is incredible the amount you learn and achieve in just 3 years, it really is life-changing.

Katharine Arnold, Level 6 hygiene/therapy student

As a current student, it is a great experience being part of the open day. We are able to give potential students an idea of what our course entails and answer all the questions I remember having when I was applying for the course. I would recommend coming for a look around the dental school, as we take you on a tour of UPDA's excellent facilities.

Amy Gracie, Level 5 hygiene/therapy student

I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and greeting prospective students to UPDA on the open days, over the last few years. It has been a pleasure to share my experience and to answer an array of questions about gaining a place and studying at UPDA. My journey began at an UPDA Open Day and it was seeing the academy and talking to the staff that confirmed my choice of training institute. The Open days are therefore invaluable to any student interested in studying Hygiene and Therapy in Portsmouth.

Noelle Smith, Level 6 Hygiene/therapy student

Attend an open day

The University will also be running walking tours, bus tours, accommodation tours, housing and finance talks and much more. To learn more and book on to an open day or register your interest please click the button below.



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