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The Conference of Dental Technology Educational Institutions

Committee of Dental Technology Educational InstitutionsThe Conference of Dental Technology Educational Institutes (CoDTEI) was set up in 2004 to replace the Joint Colleges Liaison Committee (JCLC), in light of educational developments at the time.


The overarching aim of CoDTEI is to develop, continually improve and maintain input to dental technology education and training, and to improve liaison and collaboration with other organisations.


The driving force was the first chairman, Tony Griffin, with Caroline Logan as his vice-chair, and the inaugural meeting took place at the GDC on 27 April 2004. Since then we have seen the closure of one of the original members, Southampton City College, as a dental training provider. However, we now have 13 colleges1 within the UK who are invited to meet on a regular basis to continue the work set out in 2004 – to share development issues and improve the provision of qualifications in dental technology. Today, in addition to the BTEC qualifications, we have honours degrees and master's degree courses in orthodontics, prosthodontics, crown and bridge and reconstructive science (the modern term for the maxillofacial discipline).


And so to the present. CoDTEI is still made up of the UK dental technology training schools, supported by the DTA, with observers from the educational arms of IvoclarVivodent and Straumann UK. Current work under the present chair of Peter Nordan (Birmingham Metropolitan College) includes the sharing of best practice between colleges in the fields of student involvement, development of e-learning, distance learning, co-operation with manufacturers, liaison with laboratory owners in the vicinity of colleges, and providing data to the  Centre for Work Force Intelligence who have been commissioned by Health Education England to review the current training numbers of all DCP groups so they can model the workforce numbers for the future. 


CoDTEI members

February 2014


Remit of the group:


Constitution of the group:

Click here to read the Constitution of CoDTEI (DTA member login required)


1 Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, UCLAN