This week, the University held its fifth final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI). Seven student finalists battled it out to be this year’s winner and earn a place in the 3MT® UK Semi Final orgainised by Vitae.

3MT® celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland, the competition cultivates academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging students to present their entire thesis - usually around 80,000 words - in just three minutes. Students are allowed to use one Powerpoint slide and no other resources.

This year’s finalists were:

  • Piyanan Boonprasirt, Chemical Engineering

  • Stefan Chindea, Electronic and Electrical Engineering

  • Peter King, Economics

  • Rob Edinburgh, Health

  • Aitor Garcia - Ruiz, Physics

  • Valeria Cascoine, Architecture and Civil Engineering

  • Ainhoa Arana Echarri, Health

In front of a packed audience, finalists presented topics ranging from improving our homes, through to the pricing of plastic.

The judging panel Prof. Jeremy Bradshaw (Pro-Vice Chancellor (International & Doctoral)), Dr Trevor Day, Kate Robinson and Rob Cooper scored students based on comprehension, content and audience engagement before retiring to deliberate and make their selection as the students faced questions from the audience.

Rob won first place, impressing the judges with his presentation ‘Move your feet before (or after) you eat?’ Rob earns a commemorative plate and a place in the 3MT® UK semi-final which will be held in July. Big thanks to our compère for the evening Polly McGuigan.

I was honoured to be on stage with so many talented researchers and feel lucky to have come away with a prize!<

Rob Edinburgh