Three Minute Thesis

All Salford postgraduate researchers are invited to take part in a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Heats of the competition will be held in the schools in the run up to SPARC 2017 and the university-wide finals will take place during the conference. There will be a prize for the overall Salford 3MT winner, and s/he will also be invited to participate in the UK National 3MT Competition, with a chance to win £3000 to spend on public engagement activities. 

Please see below for details of each school's competition:

Computing Science and Engineering
The heat winners representing CSE at SPARC 2017 are Jie Gou and Lauren Ward.

School of the Built Environment
The 3MT heat will be arranged by the CIB Student Chapter. For further information contact Dr Chaminda Pathirage or Rana Muhammad Qasim

Salford Business School
The heat winners representing Salford Business School at SPARC 2017 are Ladipo Fagbola and Anna Joel.

Environment and Life Sciences
TBC. For more details contact Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan

Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences
The heat winner representing NMSWSS at SPARC 2017 is Dilla Davis.

Arts and Media 
The heat winner representing Arts & Media at SPARC 2017 is Nicola Bozzi.

Health Sciences
The heat winners representing Health Sciences at SPARC 2017 are Eleonora Costamagna and Alix Chadwell. 

About the Three Minute Thesis

The three minute thesis format was originally developed by the University of Queensland, but competitions are now run in Graduate Schools around the world. 3MT is a ‘research pitch’ which compresses your research interests and motivation into 180 seconds, and communicates this to an audience outside of your immediate specialism. You can accompany your presentation with a single, static power point slide, but this is not compulsory. The aim is to sell your research, engage people’s interest and encourage the audience to ask you more during the discussion period. It offers presenters the chance to speak to a larger and more cross disciplinary audience than a conventional presentation.

Judging Criteria

• Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
• Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
• Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes (where applicable, i.e. for final year students)?
• Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

• Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
• Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
• Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
• Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?

• Was the thesis topic, research significance and, where applicable, key results and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
• Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
• Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
• Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
• Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?


Download a copy of the judging criteria and scoring sheet


There are lots of resources and videos of 3MT presentations online including: 

About the Three Minute Thesis – University of Queensland

The UK National 3MT Competition– Vitae has loads of resources and videos of previous UK finalists, and a training video on presentation skills. For some of these resources you will need to sign in with a Vitae login (this is free to set up)

The thesis whisperer: ‘How to Sell your Thesis in 3 Minutes (or less)

You can get some inspiration from previous Salford 3MT winners Dr Gary Kerr from ELS (2016) and Sean Hill from CSE (2015), and there are further clips of other fantastic 3MT presentations given by our PGR students in previous years:

Alex Mastin (ELS)

Sina Joneidy (SBS)

Sue Bellass (NMSWSS)

Diana-Madalina Stan (ELS)

Henrike Greuel (HS)

3MT Presenters can rehearse presentations and get feedback at a workshop with 2016 winner Dr Gary Kerr on Friday 3 March 2017, 10 - 11. For more information and to book a place, please click here