The Oral Health Foundation and the British Association of Dental Nurses are very excited to launch the Janet Goodwin Educational Grant – a bursary to help dental nurses with their course and examination fees. 

In memory of the late Janet Goodwin, the grant is open to both dental students and registered dental nurses seeking post-graduate qualifications.

Applicants can apply for funding up to £500 to put towards dental nurse courses and examinations.

Former dental nurse Janet Goodwin was a past president of the Oral Health Foundation. During her time at the Oral Health Foundation, Janet played an influential role in helping steer the trustees to make informed decisions about the direction and future of the charity.  She believed strongly in improving people’s experiences, information and knowledge of dental health and best practices.

As a bonus, successful applicants will each receive a signed copy of Tits Up – a wonderful and insightful book by Janet’s friend, Carol Patterson, about her own journey through breast cancer – the disease that also ultimately took Janet Goodwin’s life.


  • You must be at least 16 years old upon application and a resident of the UK.
  • If you are a student, you must be involved in higher education on a full-time or part-time basis and working towards a dental nursing qualification.
  • If you are a dental nurse who is already qualified, you must be working in practice on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Your training should not be being paid for by your employer or via an apprenticeship.

What will the Janet Goodwin Educational Grant cover?

Grants are given on a one-per-applicant basis for needs related to financial, illness or disability. This means as a student or professional you must feel disadvantaged in some way, as compared with others.

Only one award will be made to an applicant. i.e., you can only apply once.

The grant must go towards covering course fees, and/or examination fees for the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Fluoride Varnish Application
  • Orthodontic Dental Nursing
  • Special Care Dental Nursing

What is not included?

Expenses incurred by students and professionals such as living costs, subsistence, books, stationery, software, travel etc.

How much can be awarded?

There is a maximum award of £500 per successful application.

This does not mean that £500 will always be awarded.

How do I apply?

Check if you are eligible for the grant. If you are eligible, complete the application form below, which will be sent to us automatically.

Please check that you have fully completed your application form prior to submission.

The deadline for application is Thursday 17 August 2023.


Alternatively, you can email us and request the application form as a Microsoft Word document. These should be returned to [email protected]

What happens if I am successful?

We will contact you about the outcome of your application by Monday 2 October 2023.

If you are successful, we will ask you for proof that you have been accepted on to the course that you are seeking the grant for.

The grant award will then be sent directly into your bank account.

After your exam, you will be asked to send us evidence of exam attendance. This could take the form of the certificate or results letter/email you receive.