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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.
Hello and Welcome
Keeping up to date
Meet the Committee
Dental Family Scheme
About Plymouth/The University
WELCOME TO PLYMOUTH Hello Fresher’s, and welcome to Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine/Dentistry! (PUPSMD) We are Dentsoc, a society run by students for students! We have put together this welcome pack in order to help make your transition to Plymouth and life at Peninsula that little bit easier! This guide will give information about your Dentsoc committee, the exciting fresher’s fortnight calendar we have organised, and everything you need to know about university life in Plymouth. If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with anyone in Dentsoc. We look forward to meeting you all in September. Dentsoc
Dear students, As year 1 lead, I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to Peninsula School of Dentistry. An exciting year, full of EBL, LSRC, SDLE, dental balls and parties is ahead of us. I look forward to working with you through our unique, patient-centred, spiral curriculum and hope you will enjoy it as much as previous cohorts did. Svetislav Zaric Year 1 Lead
Keeping up to date Follow us on Social Media where you’ll find regular updates on important information and details of any upcoming events. Like our Facebook page and follow us on twitter (@dentsoc)! https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthPeninsulaDentsoc/
Be sure to also check out our fresher’s page on our official website: http://pds-dentsoc.weebly.com/
Meet the committee Firstly I would like to say congratulations on securing a place at Peninsula Dental School, I’m sure you can’t wait to get started! My name is Kamil Aziz and I will be President of Dentsoc for this academic year. No doubt dentistry will require hard work and dedication but I feel it is also important to enjoy your time at university and maintain a good work-life balance. This is where Dentsoc comes in! The committee has worked hard to ensure that freshers fortnight is packed full of activities to cater for all tastes and we have many more socials/activities planned throughout the year! I would also highly recommend becoming a member of Dentsoc as it brings many great benefits such as discounted prices on our events! We appreciate you may have
Kamil Aziz - President
many questions and so we have an open door policy where you can come talk to us about anything. I look forward to seeing you all in September and wish you every success.
Russel Hashemi Vice President
Estelle Williams Treasurer
Hi I’m Russ, I’m the vice
Hey everyone! Congratulations for
president of Dentsoc. I’m
securing a place with us and
originally from London
welcome to Plymouth. My name’s
and have been living in
Estelle and I’ll be your tresurer for the
Plymouth for just over a
society this year. Ill be taking care of
the Dentsoc finances which include membership, merchendise and organising payments for the amzing socials we have lined up
As the vice president I’m going to be involved with
this year! Looking forward to seeing you all soon. x
organising events and activities for Dentsoc. If you have any questions regarding Dentsoc events,
student accommodation, exam prep, or if there’s
Public Relations Officer
anything else you want to talk about, just ask
Hi I'm Jack and I'm the PR officer this
whenever you see me or one of the other members
year. It's my job to get you guys into
of the team. We’re more than happy to help!
some good looking hoodies as well as
I wish you all the best with your studies and look
improve our presence on campus via
forward to seeing you all during freshers!
social media and other methods.
Komal Chopra Social Secretary
Niall Bradley Sports Secretary
Hi everyone! First let me start
Hello freshers, My name is Niall
by saying congratulations for
congrats on getting into Dentistry!!!
getting this far! I'm sure you
Really savour this moment before
will love studying dentistry. I'm
the hard work sets in!
your social sec for the year, so I'll be in charge of making sure you're having fun. I hope to see you all at the freshers events, don't be afraid to introduce yourselves!
Anyways I'm going to be your sports sec for this year! My role is basically to try and get as many of you as possible involved in sports within dentistry and the university! We currently have a Dentist football team and a
Timothy Moncrief Social Secretary
netball team as well as a mixed dentist/medic hockey team.
Hi there, I'm a second year from Bristol and I'll be Social Secretary for Dentsoc this year. I'm looking forward to enjoying the year and putting on some good events.
university! Sports are a great way to get involved with other
There are also over 100 other sports teams within the
people and are incredibly rewarding! In first year, provided you stay on top of things you will have plenty of free time for sports! So get involved!!! We also have the BDSA sports day which is possibly one of the best weekends you can have at
university which we will tell you more about later!! If you have If you have any questions feel free to send me a message. I hope you're all looking forward to Freshers any questions send me a message on Facebook or any other and getting started on the course. See you in September! means and I'll help to answer them to the best of my ability.
Kadeejah Al Rashaid Charity Officer
Farah Elnaqa Academic Secretary
Hey Freshers! Well Done on
Hey guys, I’m Farah and I will be your
getting into Dental School!
Academic Sec this year. First I just
I'm Deeja your Dentsoc
wanted to say a big well done to each
Charity Officer for
of you for getting here, it really is an
At PUPSMD we support three charities; CLAPA (Cleft
As Academic sec I will be organising additional events and
Lip and Palate Association), St Luke’s Hospice (a local
activities to support your learning. If throughout the year you have
charity which provides specialised end of life care) and
any suggestions for activities or you would like support in a
Dental Wellness Trust (a relatively new charity with a
certain area just come find me or drop me an email. Remember
strong emphasis on promoting oral health).
Dentsoc is here to support you, so make the most of us!
Our charity work involves putting on fundraisers, sports Nirali Patel Safety secretary events, special themed nights out and raffles in addition to supporting national campaigns.
Hey everyone, I'm Nirali and I'll be your
I really look forward to meeting you all in September &
safety sec this year. My job is to make
hope you all get involved in our events! If you have any sure all your events are super safe and questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to ask enjoyable! Congratulations for getting me or email me on: [email protected]
into dentistry! See you all at freshers, Nirali X
Maia Nolan On The Cusp Editor
Kusal Subasinghe Treasurer
Hey everyone! Congratulations
Hello, my name is Kusal and
for making it to Peninsula and
I am the junior BDSA
welcome to Plymouth!
representative. My job is to help organise and get our
I’m Maia, the editor of “On the
uni to the BDSA events this
Cusp” – the Dentsoc magazine.
year. The British Dental Student Association is a national
We are aiming to publish an issue of the magazine fairly
organisation that organises two main events each year; a
early in the year and keep you updated afterwards with e-
fun sports day and secondly a conference. This is a great
newsletters… so make sure to check your e-mails! The
place to meet students from across the country and build a
magazine will include all sorts, from covering Dentsoc
relationship with all dental universities in the UK.
events and what to do in Plymouth to articles and quizzes. Please don’t hesitate to contact myself or another member of the committee if you have any suggestions or contributions for the magazine or newsletter! Remember to grab yourself a copy of the magazine once it’s published, but for now concentrate on making the most of fresher’s fortnight and enjoy yourselves!
FRESHER TEES First time in a new city surrounded by new people can be a daunting prospect! Find people on your course or simply let the t-shirt do the introducing! And let’s face it... you've worked hard to get here, so be proud to represent your course and let’s make this fortnight one to remember!
T-shirts are now available to purchase on our website for a subsidised price of £5.50 and will be available to collect on your first day. Certain sizes are limited so order in advance to avoid disappointment. ORDER BY 07/09/16
The Dental Family Scheme Calling all Freshers! Are you worried about settling in next year? Well, we’d like all of you guys to sign up to our dental family scheme so that you can be “adopted” by students in second year who will become your Dental Parents. These are people who have very recently been through the same process as you. They will help make your transition into dental school comfortable, share their wisdom about EBL and SDLE, and keep you entertained in any way you see fit! There are some family orientated events in Fresher’s week for you to get to know your family and help you settle in that bit better. If you are interested, please send an email to Kamil at [email protected] with answers to the following questions:
Name? Son or daughter? Drinker/Non-drinker? Dietary requirements?
Joining Dentsoc Membership Peninsula Dentsoc is a non-profit making society so all money generated comes right back to you. For only £12 per year membership guarantees you discount tickets to most of our events throughout the year; including Fresher’s Fortnight, the Christmas Party and the highly anticipated Spring Ball. It entitles you to exclusive discounts on all our merchandise and this year we will also be including subsidised travel to the BDSA sports day! Further information including details on how to join will be given to you during induction week.
Hoodies Exclusive Dentsoc hoodies will be available throughout the year and you will also be able to personalise them by adding your name! The preliminary design is dark navy in colour and can be viewed on our website under merchandise. See you all in September!