Dr Nigel Bubb


Dr Nigel Bubb PhD, BSc (Hons)

Nigel originally qualified as a Dental Technician, going on to study materials science at the University of Manchester graduating in 1992. He worked as a Research Technician at King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry and latterly (1996) University of Leeds, School of Dentistry where he was awarded a PhD in 2002. He was appointed as a Fellow in Dental Materials in 2000 and was promoted to a Lecturer in Dental Materials in 2012.

Nigel has been a member of the University and Colleges Union (UCU), University of Leeds Local Association (LA) and its Committee since 2008. He is currently: Treasurer, Co-Green Rep, School Health and Safety Representative.  He has also acted as Pension rep’ during the protracted assault on the USS pension scheme.  He is part of the equality and workload working groups.

In 2012 Nigel became involved in the University of Leeds Athena SWAN Working Group prior to its successful Bronze Award re-accreditation. He now serves on National Advance HE panels and is the School of Dentistry’s Equality and Inclusion Coordinator.  He is part of the University of Leeds Athena Swan Cross-Institutional Team and acts as ‘critical friend’ for applications.

Nigel identifies as a dyslexic and works to foster greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of disabilities.  He is especially conscious of mental health issues, more so since having a personal experience.

Nigel is an elected member of Senate and elected member of UoL’s Taught Student Education Board.

Nigel lives with his partner, seven cats, two dogs, chickens and ducks.  Over seven years they have worked to restore a dilapidated Pennine farm house to a comfortable abode doing as much work themselves as possible.


  • Dental Surgery, Programme Co-lead
  • Equality and Inclusion, School Co-ordiantor

Research interests

Nigel is part of the Schools: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering & Dental Education Research and Scholarship themes.

Nigel's research interests include dental imaging, ultrasound, neutron tomography (imaging tooth artefacts, caries, cracks, thin enamel (abrasion) fluid flow; dental materials, composite materials, glass-ceramics, filed organic (characterisation and formation crystallisation during heat treatments, wear of nano partial filled composites); tissue engineering, hard tissue glass-ceramic scaffolds (generation of tough strong (enough) scaffold constructs on which cells may seed); selective caries removal, grit blasting/air abrasion (use of differing media to remove caries).

Nigel has supervised the research work of a number of research and taught postgraduate students and served as an external examiner for research degrees. He also serves as referee on several peer reviewed journals.


  • PhD
  • BSc(hons)

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals

Student education

Nigel has taken on various teaching leadership roles he is currently a Dental Surgery programme co-lead and the MSc in Dental Materials programme lead.  He also is the lead for the Professional Development Elective module which runs over the 4th year of the Dental Surgery programme.  He has acted as Year 2 lead and led a key year two module for the dental surgery programme and one module for master’s level.

As the module lead for the Professional Development Elective Nigel was a key member of a University working group that developed a ground breaking approach to the duty of care for UoL’s students whilst on placements.

Nigel was part of the staff group that lead to the 2004 development of the integrated Dental Surgery curriculum bringing together the theoretical and clinical teaching on the programme.  He was one of the co-leads instrumental in the transition to the programme becoming the integrated degrees of Masters and Bachelors award.  He is now part of the team undertaking a refresh and rationalisation of modules and their assessment.

He worked on Teaching Enhancement Scheme projects, improving student feedback an ongoing process lacking UoL IT support, logging taught postgraduate research supervision which has never been successfully resolves due to lack of UoL infrastructure, electronic submission and marking which is ongoing with a renascence at central UoL which may see better provision of fit for purpose resources.  Nigel was part of the group/project that introduced a plagiarism detection system to the UoL.

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