Raj Ariyaratnam

Raj Ariyaratnam, BDS, MDS (MAN), FDSRCS (ENG), FFGDP (UK), FCGDent (UK), SFHEA (UK), NTF (UK)


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  • I am a Professor of Dental Education and Global Oral Health and Academic Clinical Lead for the Oral Medicine Teaching Programme at the FBMH, University of Manchester in addition to being a practising Honorary Specialist Oral Physician at the Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT). 

  • I am the inaugural Lead for Social Responsibility in Dentistry and Global Oral Health Initiatives at the University of Manchester. I am a senior examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons, England and also a member of founding examiners group for two examination diets.

  • I have lectured in many disciplines including Anatomy, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Global Health, T&L pedagogies and CPD programmes both at national and international universities and other global institutions and have been invited more than 20 times as a guest or a keynote speaker for home and International Conferences. I have over 20 teaching and learning integrated translational Medicine publications in peer reviewed Journals.

  • I have received many national and international awards and accolades for my leadership, teaching, and innovation in education. Recently I have been awarded triple Fellowships from three National Academic and Professional Institutions, Advanced Education Ltd (NTF), Faculty of General Dental Practice (FFGDP) and College of General Dentistry (FCGDent), for my significant and sustained contribution nationally and globally.

  • I have great interests in developing innovative sustainable students led flipped Learning pedagogies, exploring various social responsibility concepts related to community-based learning, blended flexible teaching- learning and in globalising teaching innovations.

  • My global leadership in community - outreach teaching and learning demonstrates my exceptional commitment to Service Learning – that is combining learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. My pioneering concept of Humanising Dentistry was instrumental to introduce and embed Service-Learning pedagogy in the Manchester Dental Curriculum with the vision of addressing/combatting dental health inequalities both in Manchester and globally while improving the students learning experience.

  • My proven leadership in organising international CPD programmes has helped me to pioneer and lead the Global Online Learning Forum (GOLF), a platform to share our knowledge and skills with hundreds of global health care professionals, particularly those from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) which resulted in impact reaching thousands of people in Asia and Africa. Working in true partnership with colleagues around the world has driven me to build and lead a team successfully, engaging in educational empowerment and post-war capacity building in Sri Lanka.

  • My future vision is to take my rich experience to lead and build locally and nationally on the renowned Manchester reputation and continue to drive it further to greater International clinical and academic leaderships and partnerships

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Association for National Teaching Fellows (ANTF)
  • Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE)
  • International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. (IHETL)
  • British and Irish Society for Oral Medicine
  • Northern Oral Medicine Study Group
  • Royal College of Surgeons – England
  • Examiners of Royal College of Surgeons-England
  • Manchester Medical Society
  • Manchester Academic Health Science Centre
  • Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
  • General Dental Council (Reg. No. 63154)
  • Sri Lanka Dental Association (Life Member)


  • BDS - Gratuated as a Dental surgeon at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka in 1977
  • Passed the GDC (statutary) examination in 1988
  • MDS (Man) - Completed the Master Of Dental Surgery degree at the Manchester University in 1992
  • FDSRCS (Eng) - Completed the Royal College Of Surgeons exam in 1994 - Oral Medicine/Oral Surgery
  • Specialist in Surgical Dentistry by GDC in 1999
  • Specialist in Oral Medicine by GDC in 2002
  • Specialist in Oral surgery by GDC in 2008
  • SFHEA - Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2018
  • NTF - National Teaching Fellow Advance Education in 2020
  • FFGDP - Fellow of the Faculty of General Dental Practice in 2021
  • FCGDent - Fellow of the College of General Dentistry in 2021

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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