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The Three Minute Thesis Competition to take place at Durham for the first time

What is 3MT?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.


Faculty heats:

Arts & Humanities: 6th February, 11.00 – 13.00 in Hogan Lovells lecture theatre (Law School)

Social Sciences & Health: 17th February, 14.00 – 16.00 in Hogan Lovells lecture theatre (Law School)

Science Faculty: 24th February, 11.00 – 13.00 in Derman Christopherson Room (Calman Learning Centre)

University-wide final with the Chancellor: 22nd April 2015 in Hogan Lovells lecture theatre (Law School)

The faculty heats in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition are now complete and the final will take place on 22 April, with the judging panel chaired by our Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen. This competition celebrates the exciting and diverse research conducted by our PhD students and a key part of the test for the participants is to effectively present their research in front of a diverse, non-specialist audience. Therefore all staff and students are warmly invited to be a member of the audience at the final, which will take place 2-4pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre (Law School).

The judges at the faculty heats were impressed by the standard and the commitment of all contestants and the students listed below (winners, runners-up and audience choices) made it to the final.

Arts & Humanities -

  • Katherine Krick, (History): Religious Books and the English Reformation
  • Rachel Dunn, (Philosophy): The Life and Pedagogy of John Dalton
  • Tom Rodger, (History): Bishops as Legislators: the Lords Spiritual in the twentieth century

Social Sciences & Health -

  • Lena Staudigl, (SGIA): Improving the accuracy of employees' ratings of their supervisors
  • Elizabeth Tiarks, (Law): Restorative Justice: Mediating Between Philosophies of Punishment?
  • Dr Manizha Hadi, (Medicine, Pharmacy & Health): Sexual and reproductive health care service uptake and provision in Afghanistan

Science -

  • Alistair Bounds, (Physics): What time is it: Using ultracold atoms to measure time
  • Thomai Tsiftsi, (Maths): Statistics and the hunt for oil
  • Jared Parnell, (Physics): Why does the pupil of the eye differ in animals?

Please do come along to support these students and find out about some of the research going on in our institution. If you have any questions about the event contact .


Enterprise School

This is a 4 day residential school designed to explore all facets of enterprise, from the traditional view of the academic entrepreneur setting up a spin-out company through consultancy to the intrapreneur working within an existing organisation or setting up a social enterprise.

Part - Time and Distance Researchers' Summer School

From juggling your research and other commitments to working with your supervisor(s), this three-day series of workshops will address a wide range of research and personal skills. Whether you’ve just started or are near completion, this is a good opportunity to explore the research process, pick up some useful tips and share your experiences and ideas with other part-time and distance researchers. Dates: 17th - 19th June 2015

Other opportunities:

Blueprint competition

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners for the best business idea submitted via a business plan by current registered students (including recent graduates) from Durham University, studying any degree discipline. Business categories are:

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