Independent Article On Postgraduate Study
4 March 2013
UCL Eastman Dental Institute PhD student Enas Newire was interviewed recently for The Independent.
Ms Newire is studying for a doctorate in antimicrobial strategies and resistance, under the supervision of Dr Adam Roberts. Dr Roberts' research group, based within the department of Microbial Diseases, focuses on antibiotic resistance and the mobile genetic elements which are often responsible for its transfer between different bacteria. Ms Newire’s project, possible with funding from the Schlumberger Foundation's Faculty for the Future programme, aims to investigate whether common resistance genes in the enteric pathogen Escherichia coli (E. coli) are also found on mobile genetic elements.
The article from The Independent concerns the trend towards universities offering distance learning. UCL Eastman Dental Institute, as well as enabling researchers like Ms Newire to split their time between different countries, currently offers a number of flexible, part-time certificates and diplomas to postgraduate dental students.
In addition, the department of Continuing Professional Development provides a number of web-based distance learning courses for dental professionals. In partnership with the BDJ, BDJ Eastman CPD has enabled thousands of dental practitioners to collect verifiable CPD through online study.
The article concludes that, "while this brave new world is clearly on the horizon, the majority of the UK's postgraduate distance learners still prefer to study within the traditional frameworks." And while the Institute continues to look at opportunities to offer more by way of distance learning, (and all existing courses make use of technologies such as Moodle for the convenience of students,) the Institute is proud of its core strengths in face-to-face interaction on site, where students can access tuition, supervised clinical practice and high-quality facilities in person.