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Ulster University hosts Three Minute Thesis competition

Ulster University has hosted its first ever Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis challenges PhD researchers to describe their work, in a non-specialist language, to a general audience in just three minutes. An average 80,000-word thesis takes nine hours to present.

The research topics presented covered a range of disciplines including mental health, pregnancy and cancer.

The winner of the competition was Temilola Olukayode Olanrewaju, a freshwater biologist who is investigating the battle against suberbugs, which are resistant to many of our antibiotics and a leading cause of hospital-related infections.

Speaking about his win, Temilola Olukayode Olanrewaju said:

“The Three Minute Thesis has given me more confidence, in speaking about my research. It’s a great way to focus on what’s important. Three minutes isn’t long, especially when you’re passionate about your work. It’s a challenge deciding what to leave out, because you don’t want to undersell the impact of your project.”

Lisa Thompson, Development Manager at Ulster University Doctoral College said:

“This challenge gives our PhD researchers, often immersed in their specialities, a fantastic opportunity to share and promote their work with a wider audience.  It is also an excellent way for students to build their confidence and fine tune their presentation skills.”

Lisa added:

“We have had a great response to our first competition and we are already planning for our 2019 competition.”

Temilola Olukayode Olanrewaju will now take part in the national semi-final, with the chance to be selected for the UK Final in Birmingham in September.