WHO: 3MT is for GCU’s Doctoral
students, supported by their Supervisors.
The GCU Three Minute Thesis Team are
Susan Grant, Karen Coyle, Eddie McKean
(GSBS), Dr George Loumakis (SCEBE)
with Head Judge Dr Grace Poulter (GCU
Graduate School). This year we were
supported by Ivana Covic and Science
Communicator, Dr Jamie Gallagher and
Grace was joined on the judging panel
by GCU Cultural Fellow and Writer,
Harry Ritchie and Economy Editor of
The Conversation (UK), Steven Vass.
•GCU 3MT Info Session:
16 participants, 4 staf facilitators.
•GCU 3MT Training Session: 7
participants, 3 staf facilitators.
•GCU 3MT Peer to Peer Session:
9 participants, 4 staf facilitators.
•GCU 3MT One to One Sessions: 5 of
the 9 fnalists, 1 staf member.
•FAQ document: 300 views.
•Data not available on number of
downloads of training videos.
There was also support ofered in
between sessions in terms of more
feedback on request.
•GCU 3MT Final 25th June 2020:
9 fnalists from SHLS (6) and SCEBE
(2) and jointly from SHLS & SCEBE (1)
competed in the fnal, 3 judges,
2 hosts, 1 interview with PVC
Research, Professor Cam Donaldson,
an audience of over 150 and the video
has now been viewed over 900 times.
Audience members could engage in
the fnal through the People’s
•All participants received a recording of
We shared two flms of past fnalists
saying what the best thing about taking
part was. There were 35 tweets in the
build-up using #GCU3MT and The GCU
Graduate School live tweeted throughout
the hour-long fnal.
SCEBE and SHLS PhD student Nichola
Renwick was crowned the Judges’ Choice
winner at this year’s GCU Three Minute
Thesis fnal with her presentation How
do you solve a problem like Charcot foot?Nichola went onto represent GCU in the
UK competition and will have her name
engraved on the GCU 3MT trophy
when this is possible. Nichola said of
“I would defnitely recommend other
post-graduate research students to take
part. It really helped me to
re-gain perspective on my PhD project
by allowing me to take a step back
and see the whole picture and how my
research fts into a clinical setting.”
SHLS student Mubeen Mahmood
was the People’s Choice winner with
her presentation Myopia: The Next
Pandemic? Both students received
a £100 prize from The Graduate School.
All fnalists’ flms will be added to You
Tube and all have received a copy
for themselves thanks to the
support from GCU Communications.
Feedback throughout the process was
“I think the support was more than
sufcient as the organisers of all the
sessions were always available for
questions and extra help.”
but after the fnal, it wasn’t as positive as
in previous years. One participant said
that they thought
“The online format worked very well but
I do believe that such a competition is
best face-to-face. This would provide
the student a better experience in public
engagement rather than having to speak
directly to a camera and not be able to
interact with their audience, which is
crucial in any form of presentation.”
We will have to wait for Government
guidelines nearer the time of the
2021 competition to see if we are
able to run this in person or online again.
Another student said
“I don't think it really helped improve
my skills - we don't even receive
feedback from the judges”
Presenters are usually ofered individual
feedback from our Head Judge after the
fnal we should have made it explicitly
clear that although this couldn’t be
done as part of the event because of the
format, students were welcome to follow
up for feedback afterwards. We will
certainly address this if the competition
is run online again. The GCU 3MT Team
thought that participants did incredibly
well especially given the additional
pressure of presenting online and
other students were more positive about
“Although I was hesitant at frst
I am truly happy I participated. I feel
more comfortable with explaining
my research now and the experience
is actually not as scary as it may
seem...I am considering participating
again before I complete my studies.
Overall brilliant experience and would
recommend to all doctoral students.”
We also had great comments from the
“Brilliant – blown away by the level of
talks here - phenomenal” and on Twitter “
“Another successful 3MT due to
professional organisation. High quality
presentations from all the students- our
research base is strong and impactful!”Professor Jim Woodburn, SHLS.
COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC
1. Engaged Culture;
3. Engaged Research.
4. Quality Education.
•GCU 3MT Online Information
•GCU 3MT Online Training
•GCU 3MT FAQs.
•GCU 3MT Online Final 2020.
•GCU Student Life story on GCU’s 3MT.
•Vitae Public Engagement Lens.
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