The Doctoral College is happy to announce that this year we will be running the first official Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) event at BU. 3MT® is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland celebrating the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world.
The competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT® competition increases capacity to effectively explain research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one static PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.
Watch this year’s 3MT® UK finalists presentations which was hosted at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference where the winner received a £3,000 grant to spend on public engagement activity (sponsored by RCUK).
The BU University winner will receive up to £400 towards a conference of their choice, plus entry into the Vitae National 3MT® competition, plus a £100 Amazon voucher.
In order to be considered for a place in the University heat you must submit a fully completed application form, to PGRskillsdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk by midnight on Monday 5 February 2018. For full eligibility, judging and prizes please visit the website.
What does ‘public engagement’ mean? What can researchers gain from encouraging people outside of academia to read their work? And where should you begin?
We hear from Lucy Robinson, Citizen Science Manager at The Natural History Museum, as well as PhD students explaining their thesis in three minutes as part of the Three Minute Thesis competition.
Download the podcast here. Taylor & Francis Group created with Vitae.
The Countdown Begins – Can you beat the clock?
Deadline for the Doctoral College 3MT application submission is Sunday 22 October 2017.
For more information, eligibility and how to apply visit the website.
Don’t miss out on the chance to win £400 towards a conference of your choice, plus entry into the Vitae National 3MT competition plus £100 voucher.
On 11 – 12 September 2017 Clare Cutler and Natalie Stewart (Doctoral College Research Skills and Development Officers) attended the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, focused on researcher development policy, impact and application.
With over 400 delegates in attendance, the conference celebrated 100 years of the modern PhD in the UK and 50 years of researcher development. With a strong emphasis on the future of researcher development, the growing importance of developing the highest calibre research students, and an increasingly diverse and competitive job market, we came back inspired…inspired to provide a sector leading researcher development programme accessible to all Bournemouth University postgraduate research students.
Three Minute Thesis UK Final
The UK National 3MT® Final was hosted at the conference gala dinner where six finalists from across the UK competed to win a £3k grant to spend on a public engagement activity and a place on the Taylor & Francis Journal Editor Mentoring Programme. This year’s winner was Thomas Fudge from Brunel University. Thomas, who completed his undergraduate degree in Product Design here at BU, stole the prize with the winning presentation on ‘decentralised sanitation for developing communities with energy and nutrient recovery’. You can watch all of the finalist presentations on the Vitae Website here.
Researcher Development Programme
With Researcher Development at the forefront of the research agenda, this year the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme will be offering over 150 workshops, online modules and video resources specifically for our postgraduate research student’s professional, personal and research development. We have also teamed up with the University of East Anglia, to provide an interactive online training series which is due to launch later this month.
In addition to this full and varied programme we will also be launching the Doctoral College’s inaugural 3MT® event. For your place in this national competition and to be in with a chance of presenting your research at the 2018 Vitae Conference 3MT® Final, don’t forget to submit your application by Sunday 22 October 2017 to PGRskillsdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk.