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CIR PhD student wins University 'Three Minute Thesis' competition

June 2018: Phoebe Kirkwood has won the University of Edinburgh's 'Three Minute Thesis' competition, sending her on to the national finals.

Phoebe tells us about her experience:

"In April I was the runner up in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine heat of the 3MT competition and this automatically took my to the University Final where I was competing against PhD students from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social sciences and the College of Science and Engineering.

  The 3MT Final was held in the Informatics Forum and hosted an audience of around 100 people with a diverse judging panel of 6. It was a really interesting and exciting event where we heard 3 minute talks from PhD students across the University discussing a whole range of topics, describing them in an engaging and thought-provoking way and providing the judges with a truly difficult decision.

  I was honoured to win the 3MT University Final talking about my PhD project which aims to understand the mechanisms behind scarless tissue repair in the endometrium, with my talk entitled 'The Secrets of Scarless Healing'. Owen James from the Centre of Clinical Brain Sciences was the runner up with his talk titled 'Human Myelin in a Dish' and Gavin Woolman from the School of Physics and Astronomy won the people's choice prize with his talk titled 'Better Thermoelectrics through high pressure'.

  All the finalists did an incredible job and the whole day was a huge success. I now have the honour of proceeding to the UK Final in September and perhaps even the Universitas 21 competition, so keep your fingers crossed!"


Phoebe Kirkwood receiving her prize for the three minute thesis competition


CIR PhD student through to the 'Three Minute Thesis' competition final

Three Minute Thesis