Three Minute Thesis 2014

The 3 minute thesis is an academic competition for research students. Participants present their research verbally in just 3 minutes and with related contents on one PowerPoint slide. The winner of the finals will win a £1000 travelling/research grant, as well as the opportunity to take part in a national 3MT competition.  With heats in each of the Colleges, nearly 50 Postgraduate Research students took up this challenge.  Following tightly fought contests, 12 finalists went forward to the Grand Finale, where they performed their three minutes to a wide-ranging audience, including invited guests and alumni, showcasing the wide diversity of ground-breaking research taking place at Glasgow.

Our 2014 finalists were:

  • Maranda Thomson, Career advice for cells
  • Louise Bennett, Osteoarthritis - A Pain in the Knee!
  • Audrey  Mutongi, Community Entrepreneurship
  • Kirsty Ainsworth, Reading the ‘mind’s eye’
  • Shahzya Chaudhury, Are Paediatric and Adult Acute Myeloid Leukaemia the same?
  • Andrew Smith, Pope Leo IX; Radical or Not?
  • Richard Middlemiss, Saving the world with springs
  • Sarah Hamlin, Poetry and Scottish Independence
  • Kirsten Munro, Coronary Stents: How could your SOCS save your life?
  • Renato Margiotta, Global Citizenship Education through Evolutionary Biology
  • Mengxi Pang, How do you know who you are?
  • John Donaldson, Are human bodies like combustion engines?

The Grand Finale  took place on the 19th March 2014. 

And our winners were…

  • Richard Middlemiss, Overall Winner 2014
  • Andrew Smith, Runner up, 2014 
  • Richard Middlemiss, People's Choice Winner 2014

Watch the films from the heats by following the links on the left!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was initially developed at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and has since spread to other universities, with this being the first competition in Scotland.  Finalists from the Glasgow competition went on to represent the University at the national final in Leeds, where Alexia took 3rd prize. 

For further information about 3MT at Glasgow, contact Elizabeth Adams
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