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James Field  BSc(Hons) BDS PhD MFGDP RCSEng MFDS MPros FDTFEd RCSEd CertClinEd MA(Ed) FAcadMEd PFHEA

Professor James Field BSc(Hons) BDS PhD MFGDP RCSEng MFDS MPros FDTFEd RCSEd CertClinEd MA(Ed) FAcadMEd PFHEA

Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education / Honorary Consultant in Prosthodontics / National Teaching Fellow / Director of Learning and Teaching

School of Dentistry

University Dental Hospital, Room Room 132, Level 1, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY
Available for postgraduate supervision


At Cardiff I am currently a Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education, and an Honorary Consultant in Prosthodontics, and I am also the School's Director of Learing and Teaching, and the Director for Digital Education

I represent Cardiff internationally as:

  • Academic lead for the ADEE European DigEdDent (Digital Education in Dentistry) portal
  • Pan-European lead for the Graduating European Dentist Curriculum Taskforce
  • Global lead for Shaping The Future of Dental Education: Interprofessional Education
  • A trans-national partner in O-Health-Edu, an Erasmus+ K2 project to harmonise dental education across Europe

My commitment and contribution to dentistry and dental education is recognised by the follows honours and awards:

  • 2005 British Society of Restorative Dentistry Undergraduate Prize
  • 2007 RCS England FGDP Case Study Award
  • 2007 Oral & Dental Research Trust Award
  • 2007 British Society for the Study of Prosthodontics (BSSPD) Research Award
  • 2008 BSSPD Schottlander Oral Presentation Prize
  • 2013 Innovation in teaching award
  • 2013 ADEE International Dental Educator Award
  • 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher Award
  • 2013 Senior Fellow, Advance HE
  • 2014 Fellow, Academy of Medical Educators
  • 2015 Educational Research and Development Award
  • 2015 ‘Development of mobile technologies to support education’ (Innovation Award)
  • 2016 Educational Research and Development Award
  • 2016 Principal Fellow, Advance HE
  • 2017 Fellow, Faculty of Dental Trainers, RCS Edinburgh
  • 2018 National Teaching Fellow (Advance HE)
  • 2021 ADEE International Mature Dental Educator Award

My other external roles include:

  • UKPSF Professional Standards Advisor
  • ADEE Pan-European Chair: Skills teaching
  • RCS Edinburgh Examiner
  • British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry Council Member
  • British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee member
  • Registered Maillefer Endodontic Trainer
  • External accreditor to programmes against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Editorial board member: Heliyon, Elsevier


















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My research interests include:

  • educational elements of professionalism, reflective learning and student satisfaction
  • teaching and assessment methods
  • curriculum development
  • The pedagogy of virtual and augmented reality
  • the nanoscale measurement of dental hard tissues
  • erosion and abrasion

I am a reviewer for:

  • European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
  • Wiley-Blackwell (Reviewer & Proposal consultant)
  • Dental Update
  • Journal of Dentistry
  • British Dental Journal
  • Oxford University Press (Reviewer & Proposal consultant)
  • Journal of Dental Education
  • PlosOne
  • Journal of Applied Oral Science
  • Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
  • Saudi Dental Journal


My main teaching activities include:

  • Clinical and skills teaching of undergraduate BDS students
  • Clinical teaching of Postgraduate students
  • Student research project supervision including Masters and PhD projects
  • Delivery of lifelong learning to the whole dental team


After completing a BSc with Honours in Zoology, I received BDS with Distinction in Restorative Dentistry in 2005 from Newcastle University.

I completed my General Professional Training in 2007 and was successful in becoming a member of the Dental Faculty of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh. I studied for my PhD, and obtained both clinical and general teaching qualifications, alongside Senior and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Before coming to Cardiff, I was appointed at Newcastle as a Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry between 2012 and 2017, as a Training Programme Director for DCT1 (HEE) from 2011-2013 and as a Senior Clinical Teacher and Honorary Consultant at Sheffield from 2017-2020.

I enjoy engaging with colleagues across Europe whilst chairing the Pan-European Special Interest group in Clinical Skills Teaching, and as part of the European Curriculum Review Taskforce for Dentistry and Dental Hygiene and Therapy