Professor Davenport earns GDC appointment

Professor Elizabeth Davenport has been appointed as chair of a new GDC board.

The role is to ensure the successful delivery of the Council’s new examination for overseas dentists applying to work in the UK – Overseas Registration Examination (ORE). She will now help establish and lead the Overseas Registration Examination Board (OREB), playing a key role in recruiting members of the Board.

Professor Davenport was originally involved in the review of the International Qualifying Examination (the predecessor to the ORE) and the implementation of the ORE. As Professor of Dental Education and Director of Quality with the Institute of Dentistry at Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, she brings over 30 years of dentistry experience to the position.

Elizabeth said: ‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take this important examination forward. The format of the ORE has been carefully considered and I believe that we are in a good position to deliver a robust examination which will be of benefit to those wishing to register with the General Dental Council and the public.’

GDC president Hew Mathewson said: ‘I am delighted that Elizabeth has been appointed to this position. She brings expert knowledge of examination governance and quality assurance which is critical for this role.’

The ORE began with the first sitting of the Part 1 and Supplementary Paper (for candidates transferring from Parts B and C of the IQE) on 10 and 11 September 2007, with 291 candidates taking the examination. More information on the ORE and the recruitment of members of the OREB is available on the GDC’s website at

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