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Background

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is an exciting global academic competition celebrating the innovative research undertaken by PhD students, which was originally developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. 3MT participants present their research to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes using one slide, developing students’ academic, presentation and communication skills.

Why take part in 3 Minute Thesis at Heriot-Watt University?

The ability to communicate the importance of your research project and articulate your findings is extremely valuable. The 3 Minute Thesis competition provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Communicate your ideas effectively to a wider community
  • Describe your research findings to a non-specialist audience
  • Crystallise your thoughts about your thesis
  • Increase your profile within the research community at Heriot-Watt University
  • Network with other PGR students
  • Develop your transferable skills to enhance your personal effectiveness in line with the Researcher Development Framework (Domain B – Personal effectiveness, Domain D – Engagement, influence and impact)

Important dates 2019

20 March – 3 Minute Thesis Info session (1 hour)

This information session will give further information on the 3 Minute Thesis competition, including who is eligible to take part, the rules and judging criteria, tips on how to prepare your presentation, training available, and Q&A. Book on PDMS.

5 April – Deadline for applications to be received

If you would like to be considered for a place on the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, please complete and submit this form by 12.00 noon on the 5th April. Applications will be assessed by a senior panel and 24 students will be selected to compete in the 2019 competition.

 

30 April – 2 May – 3MT training with facilitator for 3MT participants

30 April, 9.00 - 12.00 (UK time) Edinburgh workshop (face-to-face)

1 May, 12.00 - 15.00 (Dubai time) Dubai workshop (webinar)

Half-day workshop to improve your research communication skills covering engaging audiences, effective storytelling, speech and voice coaching, and making complex subjects simple will be provided selected participants. Book on PDMS.

Competitors will be offered a 30 minute 1:1 consultation on their presentation and slide during these dates – booking details to follow.

10 June – Heriot-Watt University competition

The Heriot-Watt University 3 Minute Thesis competition will be open to staff and students to attend, and will embed our four University values: belong, collaborate, inspire and celebrate. Registration will be available on PDMS in May.

July – Vitae semi-final (online)

Video entry will be submitted from the overall winner from Heriot-Watt University to the Vitae 3 Minute Thesis Competition. More information can be found here.

16 – 17 September – Vitae final

The 6 top contestants selected from the Vitae semi-final will compete in person at the Vitae conference in Birmingham.

How do I take part?

If you would like to be considered for a place on the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, please complete and submit this form by 12.00 noon on Friday 5 April 2019.

Applications will be assessed by a senior panel, and 24 students will be selected to compete at the Heriot-Watt University 3 Minute Thesis competition based on their answers. Places will be allocated proportionately across our campuses to support research culture at Heriot-Watt University and build connections within our post-graduate research community. We will inform all applicants of the result of the application process in mid-April. Research Futures Academy will be holding a training workshop specifically designed for 3 Minute Thesis for successful applicants on Tuesday 30th April 2019.  

Contact

Researchfutures@hw.ac.uk for more information.