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Our aim is to celebrate the achievements of our PhD researchers and supervisors and recognise how their research contributes to the overall mission and vision of the University.

  • The Awards ceremony will also feature the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Final.

Dates and Times

The Annual PhD Awards Dinner will take place on the following date:

Thursday 2 June 2022 7pm Hilton Hotel, Belfast

Award categories

  • Prize for Outstanding Thesis (in each Faculty)
  • Recognition of PhD Supervisors
  • Best Festival Presentations
  • Best Festival Posters
  • Bake Your PhD Award
  • 3MT® Winner, Runner Up and People's Choice Award

Recognising PhD Supervisors

The UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards will take place in May 2022.  The winners of the UUSU Best PhD Supervisor and/or Team of the Year award (open to PhD Supervisory teams) will be recognised at the PhD Awards Dinner.

Festival of PhD Research Prizes

The Doctoral College hosts an annual Festival of PhD Research at Ulster where we showcase and celebrate the excellent research carried out by our PhD Researchers.

As part of the Festival we award prizes for oral and poster presentations.  The winners are selected by a judging panel and criteria used will be available on the Festival website.  This year’s prizes are as follows:

  • Best Presentation (Coleraine)
  • Best Presentation (Magee)
  • Best Presentation (Belfast/Jordanstown)
  • Best Poster (Coleraine)
  • Best Poster (Magee)
  • Best Poster (Belfast/Jordanstown)
  • Bake Your PhD (Coleraine)
  • Bake Your PhD (Magee)
  • Bake Your PhD (Belfast/Jordanstown)


The 3MT® final competition will take place during the awards dinner.

3MT® is an academic competition that challenges PhD researchers to communicate their research and its’ significance, in non-specialist language to a general audience, in just three minutes.

The 3MT® final will see 8 finalists present their research to the audience in just three minutes. The winner and runner-up prizes are decided by a judging panel, while the People’s Choice Award is decided by the audience on the night through a vote. The Ulster 3MT® competition is part of the national competition and the Ulster winner will go through to the UK semi-final stages.

Further details of the competition are at