An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit... 3 minutes!
The Doctoral College is delighted to announce that Ulster University will be running the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for the the second time in May 2019. 3MT® was first developed by the University of Queensland, and is now a global initiative with up to 96 UK universities taking part in the Vitae 2018 3MT® national competition. Last year, the 3MT Winner at Ulster was Temilola Olanrewaju who made it through to the last 12 semi-finalists out of 77 UK universities!
3MT® is an academic competition that challenges PhD Researchers to describe their research and its significance, in non-specialist language to a general audience, in just three minutes. Participation in the competition helps PhD researchers to build their confidence and hone their presentation and communication skills. It is also a great way for others to find out about the exciting and varied research going on across the University at doctoral level.
The Registration Form from PhD Researchers who would like to participate in this year's Ulster University 3MT® competition is now online. The deadline for completion of Registration Forms is Monday 25 March 2019.
The prize for the overall winner is £750 with prizes for the runner up and all finalists, as well as a People’s Choice Award.
Participants will compete in campus-based competitions during May for a place in the Ulster University 3MT Final on 30 May 2019 hosted at the Belfast campus. The overall winner of the Ulster competition will then go through to the semi-final of the 2019 Vitae 3MT national competition (online).
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION FORM: MONDAY 25 MARCH 2019.
The key competition dates are:
|Registration Form Deadline||25 March 2019||Online|
Initial Heat: Jordanstown and Belfast PhD Researchers
1 May 2019, 1pm
Initial Heat: Coleraine PhD Researchers
2 May 2019, 1pm
Initial Heat: Magee PhD Researchers
|3 May 2019, 12pm||Magee campus|
Campus Semi-Final: Coleraine and Magee PhD Researchers
16 May 2019, 12pm
Campus Semi-Final: Jordanstown and Belfast PhD Researchers
|17 May 2019, 12pm||Jordanstown campus|
Ulster 3MT® Final - (filmed)
30 May 2019, 5.30pm
MU011, Magee campus
Semi Final of National 3MT Competition (video to be submitted by 5 July, held online)
Winner announced in mid-August
from 8 July 2019
Final of Vitae 2019 3MT National Competition
16 September 2019
Vitae Conference, Birmingham
Entering our 3MT® competition is a great way to improve your public speaking skills, engage funders and access networking opportunities.
Winner of Ulster 3MT: £750
Runner Up: £250
Finalists: £50 Amazon Voucher
The People’s Choice Award: Trophy
The Doctoral College will offer support to 3MT® entrants. This includes the workshop on Communicating Your Research to a Non-Research Audience (offered as part of your Researcher Development Programme) This will help you get started with planning and developing your 3MT® presentation.
Further support will be available for the Finalists and the winner who will progressing to entry in the Vitae national 3MT® competition.
Please also visit the 3MT Competitor Guide at: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/3mt-competitor-guide
Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their Confirmation of Registration assessment, i,e. at the end of first year (or part time equivalent) (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in the 3MT competition.
If you are competing, or thinking of competing this year, please check out the full competition details, including rules and judging criteria.
Further details and Useful Resources
Guide for Competitors: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/3mt-competitor-guide
Last year’s finalists of the UK national 3MT competition:
Is it worth doing the three minute thesis?- By Mary Woessner, Victoria University
How to win the 3 minute thesis- By Dr Inger Mewburn (aka @thesiswhisperer)
Making the most of your 3 minutes- Simon Clews, University of Melbourne
Talk nerdy to me- Melissa Marshall's TED talk
For further information and queries about the 3MT competition please contact: Lisa Thompson, Doctoral Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org / 02890 368963.