Matthew Billington

President 

King's College London Dental Society

Email: matt.b98@hotmail.com

PROFILE

As a fourth-year dental student I believe that my BDS training should involve more than just attaining a degree, I see dental school as a place to thrive. I have chosen not to conform to the norm by waiting until graduation to become the best dentist I can possibly be. University has given me the time and the opportunities to accelerate my learning beyond the curriculum, developing my communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

In working to fulfil my ambition, I also have a passion for giving something back. Through my extensive charity and humanitarian work, presidency of the KCL Dental Society, external dental learning, and membership of the Universities Royal Naval Unit, I am setting myself on a path to making a positive difference, way beyond the four walls of the clinic.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Sep 2016 - Current

King College London

President of the King’s College London Dental Society

  • In fulfilling my manifesto, I have introduced hands-on courses, planned a well-received lecture series, am currently developing a faculty communications app, introduced an LGBT society and promoted the society by lecturing at the East-West International Conference in Warsaw. (BDS3)

Student Co-coordinator for Dental Wellness Trust

  • Organised and participated in school visits for the ‘LiveSmart’Programme. (BDS2)

  • Data Collection, Audit and Research.

Syrian Refugee Camps

  • Provided Dental aid in Syrian Refugee camps in Lebanon (BDS1)

King’s College London Sanctuary Committee

  • Student co-coordinator for future humanitarian projects. Building international relationships between KCL, Buffalo University US, and St Joseph’s University Lebanon.

  • Conducting and planning a new research project and a further needs assessment for a new international Dental Elective program.

  • Author of featured article in Mayor of London’s study London newsletter.

  • Presentations given at KCL Alumni weekend.

  • Attained a £4000/year grant from KCL to sponsor students in humanitarian acts.

Refugee Crisis Foundation Committee member

  • Student Representative.

  • 2 weeks in Bangladesh - January 2019 (Raised £1470 for the charity) – mission was self-funded. Carried out multiple procedures – operative, non-operative and surgical.

  • Implemented the DWT ‘LiveSmart’ programme in the region, providing hundreds of oral hygiene kits to underprivileged children in primary schools.

  • Author of featured article in KCL e-newsletter.

King’s College London Widening Participation& Smile Society

  • Presenting in local schools to assist prospective dental students in their applications.

Dental CPD - 68 Hours

  • Active member of BACD, Dentinal Tubules, Young Dentist Academy.

 

Tooth-wise Future of Dentistry Awards

  • Ethical Character Award – Finalist.

  • Dental Student of the year award finalist

Oct 2016 - Sep 2017

University Royal Naval Unit

  • Training focusing on navigation and seamanship; put into practice during sea weekends and longer deployments during the Summer and Easter vacations.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

KCL Aaron Gurmail Dental Student of the Year Award 2019.

Selected as the KCL student ambassador for the World Dental and Oral Health Congress 2020.

PCA (Physical Culture Association) Men’s Physique competitor – British finalist and 5th place at the European Championships.

PCA (Physical Culture Association) Men’s Physique - Placed in the top 10 physiques in Britain (Under 23s)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Colgate & Tesco Smiles for Life Campaign - Oct 2018

  • Colgate Representative – Dental and Oral hygiene advice to the general public.

Dental School Poland - Jul 2015

  • A work placement at a children's hospital in Poland.

Next Retail Store - Corby - Jul 2014

  • Sales Assistant.

Kettering General Hospital - Jun 2013

  • General administration duties.

Sports Coach - 2013-14

  • Voluntary work as a sports coach for children aged 4 – 12 years.

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Corby Town Football Club Academy player - 2010-12

Norwich City Football Club Centre of Excellence player - 2012-14

Besiktas Football Club Junior player (Turkey) - 2007-09

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Attended an evening composite training course run by Dr Subir Banerji (Anterior and posterior)

 

Attending Ash Parmars 1 day Achieving success in private dentistry - Feb 2020

Attending Ash Parmars two day hands on cosmetic dentistry training course - March 2020

 

Kings College London - Sep 2016 - Current

Undergraduate - Bachelor of Dental Surgery Year 1 – Distinction Year 2 – Merit

Year 3 - Distinction

Online medical paper – Stem Cell Therapy

https://medlink-uk.net/wp-content/uploads/pathology-projects-2015/BillingtonM&CraigH&HallA.pdf

Plymouth College - Sep 2014-Jul 2016

A-Levels in Mathematics (A*), Chemistry (A), Biology (A) AS-Level in Geography (A)

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award  Senior Prefect   House captain

Prince William School - Oundle - Sep 2011 - Jul 2014

Achieved 11 GCSEs - Mathematics (A*), Further Mathematics (A*), Physics (A*), Chemistry (A*), Biology (A*), Geography (A*), English Language (A*), Literature (A), PE (A), RE (B), French (C)

RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ incl AED) - Aug 2014

British International School Istanbul - 2007-09

2009 British International School Istanbul Director’s Award. Awarded to the year groups most outstanding all-round student.

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