University's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) success

University's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) success

TV and film trailers sell ideas in minutes, headlines do it in seconds but can you summarise years’ research work in just three minutes?

For the first time the University of Cumbria has staged a competition which highlighted a range of research PhD’s, each with a practical application, that are currently underway.

The idea of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) came from University of Queensland in 2008. Since then hundreds of universities across the globe have joined the movement. The aim is to encourage PhD students to succinctly summarise and present their work to a lay audience and to highlight the range of research work underway within the university.

PhD students Neil Thomas, Rob Ewin, Leticiaa Legat and Malabika Ghosh presented to a panel of judges made up of Dr Liz Bates, Prof Alison Marshall, Dr Paul Miller, Dr Poonam Malik and Nigel Thompson all from the University of Cumbria. 

The winning submission was from Malabika Ghosh, the clinical lead for rehabilitation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who is completing a PhD at the University of Cumbria which examines the rehabilitation of patients after a stroke. Her background in neurology and interest in strokes led her to begin research work which will be submitted later this year.

“Recently I reconfigured the rehabilitation service at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals from being a ward based service to a roving rehab service and my ability and confidence to do that came from an understanding of evidence based practice that I gained from doing my PhD,” Malabika said.

‘Elated’ by her award she’ll now represent the university at a regional semi-final later this year and could go forward to the national final.

A second ‘people’s award’ decided by an audience vote was given to Rob Ewin, a serving police officer in Cumbria, whose work examining vulnerability within sexual offence investigations was also highly praised by judges.

“You can say a lot in three minutes and it’s a very interesting way for our students to talk about their PhD research in a way that is of interest to the layman,” Dr Poonam Malik, research lead for health and science and the university’s associate professor of biomedical sciences, said. “We thought it was a good idea to hold a competition in our 10th anniversary year. It’s enormously beneficial to the University of Cumbria to show the variety of research that goes on while for the individual it’s ideal for their CV and to offer the chance to make contacts to build ties for future collaborators and post PhD doctoral work.”