On average, presenting the entirety of a 80,000 word thesis would take upwards of 9 hours.
But what if you had 180 seconds, with only one slide?
This is the concept behind the 3 Minute Thesis competition, run by Vitae and held at Bath Spa University for the first time on Tuesday 1st of March 2016.
The 3 Minute Thesis Competition is a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students. As a concept is it simple, however the challenge is considerable. Those taking part have a unique opportunity to condense their research in a safe environment, gaining valuable presentation and organisational skills in the process.
Since its inception in 2008, more than 200 universities worldwide have taken part in the competition. More information, including a history, can be found here.
Bath Spa University (BSU) would like to congratulate each and every one of the competitors who took part in the inaugural competition, held at Corsham Court on 01/03/16.
With strong attendance and a great atmosphere, the event was certainly one to be remembered. Competitors presented across a profusion of different subject areas, from Psychology to Song-writing, and were a true reflection of both the variety and the quality of research that takes place at BSU.
Barbara Harrington, the winner (pictured above), will go on to represent the University at the national heats with her presentation titled “Making Movies Matter”.
Ella Simpson picked up second place with "From Fiction to Fact: bad stories making good", while Kate Harding received the “People’s Choice” award for "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? Authenticity and Epistemic Justice in Historiographic Metafiction", coming in third.
Also competing, in no particular order, were Caroline Kuhn ("Personal Learning Environments: the future kit to envision innovation"), Simon Selby ("Illuminating the internet's dark side: Cyberbullying"), Victoria Barry ("Chasing Galahad - Alternative Notions of Heroism in Post-war British Fiction"), Leandro Maia ("The Tacit Song"), Kate Langham ("Play as a Design Tool"), Georgina Hughes ("Adding Life to Years") and Annabel Wynne ("Night Studies").
Prizes were handed out by the Vice-Chancellor, Christina Slade.
Several of our competitors, following the competition, have offered their thoughts on the process and what they gained from it. Ella Simpson found that she could,
"think of nothing else that would have made me compress the whole straggling, incoherent mess of my half formed PhD into a three minute bullet of targeted research".
This was something that Simon Selby reiterated, adding that he had overcome an initially strong skepticism,
"When I first heard about the 3m process I had major reservations and thought it would probably just be another unwanted distraction. However, having now taken part I could not have been more wrong - I am a complete convert".
Building on the success of this first event, the 3 Minute Thesis Competition will now be held at Corsham Court annually, with the aim of fostering a stronger sense of community among our researchers, while also providing a platform for growth and development.
To see more videos, and a picture gallery, head to the official Bath Spa University 3MT page here.
If you are interested in taking part next year, then several options are available to keep track of the latest events and developments in the researcher development calendar. The social media savvy among you can follow the Research Support Office (RSO) at @BathSpaResearch, where all the latest events are posted, along with interesting information for researchers.