Postgraduate Research Events
3 Minute Thesis Competition 2017
Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Davies, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin Scott and Dean for Postgraduate Research Professor Nuria Lorenzo Dus opened Swansea University’s annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition on 2nd May 2017. 3MT provides the perfect opportunity to hear the diversity of research being undertaken by our postgraduate researchers. This year’s competition saw seventeen research students from a wide range of disciplines battle it out on stage for a place in Vitae’s UK 3 Minute Thesis Semi-Final. Their challenge was to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. The PGR Office would like to extend our thanks to all participants; the standard of presentations was outstanding. The winner Anna Torrens Burton is a final year Psychology student in the College of Human and Health Sciences. Anna’s presentation was ‘Subjective Feelings and Cognitive Slowing’. The runner up Paul Byrne, a first year student from the College of Engineering studying Materials Engineering, delivered his research about ‘Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design’.
3 Minute Thesis Background Information
Three Minute Thesis Competition
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a dynamic, creative, research communication competition that challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.
Established at the University of Queensland in 2008 the competition has rapidly spread around the world. Swansea University is just one of dozens of UK-based institutions that now form part of a global network, encouraging doctoral candidates to promote their research and enthusiasm for their chosen topic to reach non-specialist audiences.
Run in collaboration with Vitae, the global organisation that supports researcher development, the winner of the competition will represent Swansea University at the Vitae hosted (virtual) semi-final. Six finalists will then be selected to perform live at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference during the gala dinner in September.
The rules are simple but challenging:
- Presentations are strictly limited to three minutes
- A single, static PowerPoint Slide using a standard 3MT template is permitted
- No additional media (eg. sound or video files) or props (eg. costumes, laboratory equipment) are allowed.