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Queen's University dental student Leonard Maguire top in UK

Leonard Maguire Image copyright Queen's University
Image caption Leonard Maguire was 'really pleased' at his top UK ranking

A final-year dental student from Queen's University in Belfast has been ranked top in a UK-wide assessment.

Leonard Maguire, from Dungannon, County Tyrone, finished first among the 1,200 students who were rated during a general practice recruitment process.

Another Queen's student, Conan Mackle from Londonderry, topped the same process last year.

Queen's also placed half of its final-year students in the top 20% of those assessed.

Mr Maguire said: "I am really pleased to have been ranked number one in the UK in the recent Dental Foundation Training recruitment process.

"The teaching, training and continued support I received at Queen's means that I feel well equipped for the workplace."

The Dental Foundation Training recruitment process assesses students using professional, clinical and management scenarios and a situational judgement test.

Students from the UK's 16 dental schools and dental schools in Europe take part.

Queen's acting president and vice-chancellor, Prof James McElnay, said: "This is fantastic news for dentistry at Queen's.

"The performance of our final-year dental students in the Dental Foundation Training selection process is evidence of the university's commitment to employability as a key component of the student experience."

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