Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland to celebrate the exciting research conducted by research students. Participants have one slide and 3 minutes to present their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Since its inception in 2008, the popularity of 3MT has grown, and competitions are now held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide.

Now in its fifth year at GCU, the Graduate School are calling on GCU research students to take part. Training sessions will be provided to everyone to support the preparation of presentations, and there is no obligation to enter the competition after attending the training.

Heats will take place in each of the three schools and GCU London with two winners from each going forward to the final, which will take place as part of GCU’s Research Day celebrations on 31st May 2019.

Interested? Please email graduateschool@gcu.ac.uk for information about training sessions and how to sign up.

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I knew zooming out of my research would be important but I didn't realise how important until I got stuck into the 3MT. It re-energised me and made me enthusiastic about my research again at a stage where I had become bogged down by data!

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Glasgow Caledonian University

I am now more confident and feel proud that I presented my research in a nontechnical language in just 3 minutes.

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Glasgow Caledonian University

I was incredibly hesitant at the thought of taking part in the 3MT challlenge, but now I have done it I would definitely recommend it! The experience increased my confidence and ability to describe my project in a simple and concise manner, particularly for those outside my research field. It is something extra you can add to your CV and you can direct potential collaborators or future employers to your online video. After multiple attempts at explaining, it was my actually my 3MT video that made my mother understand my PhD project. The 3MT journey is nerve-wracking but if you manage to succeed, the feeling of accomplishment makes it all worthwhile.

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Glasgow Caledonian University
3MT 2018 Winner Joanne Hurst, and People's Choice Award winner, Jack Rendall