Postgraduate Impact Events

Swansea University Three Minute Thesis Competition 2016


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.

The exercise challenges research students to present their research and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  All research students can take part in Swansea University’s 3MT competition, only PhD students will be permitted to go through to Vitae Semi Finals of 3MT.

Research Skills Development in collaboration with Impact Acceleration Account (IAA is funded by EPSRC and hosted by REIS) will be offering postgraduate research students from all research disciplines the chance to meet this challenge as part of a 3MT Competition which will take place on 10th May.

Prizes which are offered as a contribution towards research/research activity: First place - £300, 2nd place £200 and 3rd place £100.

Can you present your research in just three minutes? The rules are simple but challenging:

  • Presentations are strictly limited to 3 minutes
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide using a standard 3MT template is permitted
  • No additional media (e.g.sound or video files) or props (e.g. costumes, laboratory equipment) are allowed.

It’s a challenge, but one well worth the effort. You’ll sharpen your presentation skills and practise engaging your audience in your message – essential skills for your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a genuinely multi-disciplinary research event.  The winner will be invited to take part in Vitae’s UK Semi Finals with a chance to go through to the final and win £3,000 towards your research.

Get involved  - If you would like to take part in the 3MT Competition you should:

  1. 1.      Book a place on one of the 3MT Training courses on:

7th March: 9th March:

  1. 2.      Submit a 300 word summary of your current research to by 18th March
  2. 3.      If your summary is accepted you will be informed on 24th March and will be asked to:

a)      Submit a static PowerPoint slide with all images properly attributed and copyright checks made by 8th April

b)      Submit a short biography (300 words) which includes at least one interesting fact about yourself which is not related to the research being carried out by 8th April

c)      Attend a 20 minute individual advice session on 12th or 13th April (times to be allocated)

You will then be ready to present your research at the Competition on 10th May.


M2A - Materials and Manufacturing Academy Engineering Doctorate Seminar


Engineering Doctorate Scheme – Annual Seminar & Dinner Tuesday 5th April 2016  

The Engineering Doctorate has been running for over 20 years at Swansea University and has produced over 200 high calibre graduates. It’s a partnership between industry and academia with the primary aim of enhancing industry products and processes through the application of knowledge and skills accrued of the duration of the doctorate. The scheme has grown both in terms of the number of Research Engineers it recruits and in the number of industrial partners. The Engineering Doctorate is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Welsh European Funding Office, the University, Impact Acceleration Account (EPSRC) and industry.

This event is a chance for our current students to present a paper on their hard work to an assembled audience of academics, industrialists and students. There will also be poster displays detailing some of the technical findings made by our students. The event serves as a fantastic introduction to the EngD and MSc by Research and allows students, industrialists and academics the chance to meet in a less formal environment.