Dr Priyangani Ariyawansha Gunathilake (Priya Kethe)

Senior Lecturer in Management

Dr Priyangani Ariyawansha (Priya Kethe)

I joined the Business School in October 2020 as a visiting faculty member having 20 years of industry experience in marketing and business administration and 10 years of teaching and academic management experience in the UK Higher Education Sector. Became a full-time Tutor in August 2021 and then promoted to Senior Lecturer in Management in 2023. I am responsible as the Unit Coordinator for MBA Global units (PG), two Undergraduate Business Studies units (UG) and Business Administration Top-up Dissertation unit.

I am a successful senior management professional having served as Senior Marketing Manager of a leading telecommunication company in Asia, and as a Visiting Lecturer for postgraduate courses in marketing for a leading regional awarding body.

I have taught various business-related subjects at the university. Mainly my expertise is in teaching and researching subjects related to Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Value Proposition Strategy, Global People Management, HRM, Managing People and Leadership and Management. I have also previously worked at a number of London based universities and colleges. Mainly involved in academic management, teaching, and supervising students.

Throughout my career, I have presented at international business conferences, executive training workshops and seminars, blending academic rigour with practical business experience both in the UK and abroad. I am a Track Chair for International conferences held by Global Business And Technology Association (GBATA-USA) since 2017.

Other References


  • Doctor in Business Administration – University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
  • CMI Level 7 Qualification in Strategic Management & Leadership
  • MSc in International Marketing– Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)
  • Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)
  • Graduate Chartered Management Accountants – CMA - Australia
  • Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing – CIM - UK
  • BSc (Hons) Heal Wellbeing and Social Care – University of Bradford

Teaching Expertise

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Global People Management
  • Managing People
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business in Practice
  • Business Practice Explored
  • Value Proposition Strategy
  • Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Higher Education Access, Quality and Widening Participation
  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Human Capital Theory


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM-UK)
  • Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI-UK)
  • Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education UK (SRHE)

External Roles

  • Reviewer for Global Business And Technology Association (GBATA) USA
  • Track Chair for the International Annual Conference held by the Global Business And Technology Association (GBATA) USA
  • External Examiner for Global University Systems (GUS) Executive Education Department

Journal Publications

Conference Presentations & Publications

  • Ariyawansha, P (2022) “The impact of the student engagement in developing an "Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment". Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence Conference 2022, University of Bedfordshire, Luton United Kingdom, September 13th
  • Ariyawansha, P (2023) “Sustainability & People". BMRI Research Conference 2023, University of Bedfordshire, Luton United Kingdom, January 18th
  • Ariyawansha, P (2018) Investigating the impact of Private Sector on enhancement for Access to Higher Education: The Case of Sri Lanka. Society for Research into Higher Education UK (SRHE) Conference, Wales, United Kingdom, December 03rd – 05th Ariyawansha, P (2018) Available at: Gbata.org (2018). HIGHER EDUCATION
  • ENHANCEMENT AND PRIVATELY-OWNED INSTITUTIONS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: THE CASE OF SRI LANKA Global Business And Technology Association USA (GBATA) 20th International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, July 03rd – 07th
  • Thesis Presentation as the 3-Minute Thesis London Campus Winner: Bridging Boundaries: Connecting Teaching, Learning & Research - UWS Annual Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018, Paisley, June 25th – 28th

Contact Details

E: Priyangani.Gunathilake@beds.ac.uk


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