When you’re asked to summarise your thesis at your viva, what will you do? Freeze? Burble away? Refer the examiners to the document in front of them? Or think back to the time you participated in 3MT and feel a surge of confidence because you know you’ve got this?
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) offers a unique opportunity to develop skills vital for today’s researcher. The challenge of explaining your thesis to a non-specialist audience in less than three minutes, using only one slide, helps you to identify the essence of your research and highlight why it matters. It’s all too easy to lose sight of this when you’re steeped in the details of your work.
The competition at Brighton is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. In the last couple of years, students from a range of schools have skillfully explained their research and created some nail-biting moments as the clock ticks down.
The event at Brighton will be held on 22 May, Moulsecoomb. We’ll be awarding £400 to the judges’ prize winner and £200 to the runner up, while £250 goes to the speaker winning the most audience votes.
But it doesn’t end there. Our local event is part of a bigger national competition hosted by Vitae. Brighton’s winner will go on to participate in the UK online semi-final. If they go through to the final, they’ll be competing for a prize of £3K.
Register online by 10am on Monday 13 May 2019 by clicking the button below.
The UK final takes place on Monday 16 September 2019 in Birmingham. Doctoral candidates who have not yet had their viva at the time of our local competition on Wednesday 22 May will be eligible to participate.
Registration closed for entering the 3MT competition.
An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.
Your time limit… 3 minutes.
For the second year running, the University of Brighton will be participating in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Hosted by Vitae, the 3MT invites doctoral students to explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only one slide.
The 3MT is not only an exciting and fun competitive event, it offers an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to develop their communication and public engagement skills. When we ran the competition and our accompanying workshops last year, a number of students in the thick of their thesis commented on how 3MT preparation helped them take a beneficial back step and re-focus on the essence and importance of their research.
The prize money is also nice! Our 3MT competition will be held as part of our Festival of Postgraduate Research on 7 June. We’ll be awarding £400 to the judges’ prize winner and £200 to the runner up, while £250 goes to the speaker winning the most audience votes cast on the day. And if our winner goes on to compete at the national level, they could win a grant of £3K.
If you’d like to participate in our university competition, please register online by 12pm (midday) on Friday 18 May 2018 by clicking the button below.
The UK final takes place on Monday 17 September 2018 in Birmingham. Doctoral candidates who have not yet had their viva at the time of our local competition on Thursday 7 June will be eligible to participate. Our winner will automatically go through to Vitae’s online semi-final held during July and August.
Want to know more? Read all about last year’s Brighton event and watch the 30 minute video of our nail-biting live final here. How nail-biting? Take a look at the presentation from our double-winner (judges’ and people’s choice prizes), Lujain Mirza, starting at around 23.30 minutes – and don’t forget to breathe!
Our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) live final, one of the highlights of this year’s Festival of Postgraduate Research, brought an enthusiastic audience to Falmer to cheer on seven competitors (pictured above). Prof Tara Dean introduced the event, sharing her enthusiasm for this prestigious, global initiative and reminding us of the rules of 3MT: presenters must explain their research to a lay audience in just three minutes, using only one slide. Anyone going over the three minute limit would be disqualified.
For the first time, Brighton was participating in the national 3MT competition hosted by Vitae, open to research students who have passed transfer. Wanting to give early stage doctoral students the chance to join in the fun and practice their presentation skills, we ran our live event with two categories, pre- and post-transfer. Meet the competitors:
1. Majed Al-Jefri (School of Computing, Engineering & Maths): Automatic Assessment of Online Health Information Quality
2. Myrsini Athinaiou (School of Computing, Engineering & Maths): Risk management in the rescue of interconnected health systems
3. Qiaoyi Wang (School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Science): Modification of Antimicrobial Nanoparticles for Functional Textiles—A Potential Tool to Reduce the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
4. Madeleine Conaghan (School of Computing, Engineering & Maths): Identifying and Reducing the Drivers Cognitive Burden
5. Bahar Khayamian Esfahani (School of Computing, Engineering & Maths): Prevention of skin cancer in young males through using a gender-aware HCD approach
6. Lujain Mirza (School of Media): Who are Saudi women?
7. Patricia Soares (Brighton & Sussex Medical School): What’s the role of personalised medicine in asthma and eczema?
This was a truly international line up with only one of the seven presenters having English as their first language. Two 3MT training workshops had been held earlier in the year as part of our Researcher Development Programme, so some of our competitors had been refining their scripts and practising their presentation for months.
Our judging panel was six strong and comprised Prof Alison Bruce, Prof Tara Dean, Dr Mark Erickson, Prof Darren Newbury, Prof Neil Ravenscroft and Dr Susan Sandeman. In addition to the judges’ awards in the two categories, the People’s Choice Award was to be decided by a poll of votes from audience members. The standard of presentations was excellent and after a break for judges’ deliberations and audience voting, the winners were announced. Congratulations to Qiaoyi Wang who scooped the pre-transfer prize and double congratulations to Lujain Mirza who took home both the judges’ post-transfer prize and the People’s Choice Award. Lujain, who will now go on to represent the University of Brighton in the national semi-final, said:
‘After attending the workshop for the 3MT I decided not to participate, but then one of Brighton University’s organisers told us “If fear is the only thing preventing you from joining, then you should participate to get over your fears.” This was the statement that encouraged me to join. I never imagined I would win, especially since English isn’t my first language and given my fear of speaking in front of a large audience. Winning was not the only thing I gained, but I met very nice people and made new friends. I also tested my limits and conquered my fears. This was a great experience that I would recommend to everyone.’
Watch our video of the live event below, and if you’re inspired to participate next year, keep an eye open for our training workshops. Congratulations to all participants – and best of luck to Lujain as she goes forward to the next stage!