Eastman Dental Institute


BBC's The Apprentice comes to UCL

13 January 2022

In the latest series of the The Apprentice, Lord Sugar calls the candidates to the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and asks them to design a new electric toothbrush for children.

Apprentice candidates in the clinical skills rooms at UCL Eastman Dental Institute

In episode two, dubbed ‘Toothbrush’, the remaining 15 contestants were given access to UCL Eastman’s new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, based at UCL’s Rockefeller Building in the heart of London.

Lord Sugar took the form of a 'sugar fairy' avatar to fill in the candidates on their task in the Eastman's state-of-the-art Clinical Skills lab. The teams then broke out across the Institute, able to take inspiration from the phantom head (dental manikin) workstations, Clinical Skills Suite and the Prosthodontics Lab, equipped with the latest technology used to plan dental restoration and 3D print dentures, bridges crowns and implants. 

Commenting Professor Stephen Porter, Director of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, said: “We are absolutely delighted The Apprentice chose the UCL Eastman Dental Institute to host its ‘Toothbrush’ episode.

“Our state-of the-art facilities, teaching expertise and highly talented staff, along with our colleagues in UCL estates and security teams, combined to help pull off a fantastic programme, which befits such a high-profile show.

"As the programme alluded, oral health care is extremely important to welbeing and quality of life, and it is great to see Lord Sugar and his team showcase this."  

The contestants had earlier arrived in blacked-out people carriers to UCL’s quad, at the main entrance off Gower Street, and descended up the steps of UCL’s Wilkin’s Building and landmark Portico, before entering the Flaxman Gallery.

Episode two of the Apprentice is avilable on BBC iPlayer: Toothbrush


Main image: credit BBC 

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