Institute for Academic Development
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History of the competition

Details of the winners and runners up of the 2013-2016 competitions, including links to videos of each University Final.

2017 Competition

University competition winner The winner of the 2017 competition was Euan Doidge from the School of Chemistry with his presentation ‘WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction.' Euan went onto represent the University in the UK and Universitas 21 competitions.

Congratulations to Euan Doidge for winning the People’s Choice prize at the UK final of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition in September 2017. Euan competed against 58 semi-finalists from UK Universities and six finalists to win an invitation to speak at the Royal Institution in the spring of 2018 arranged by Speakezee.

Runner Up. The runner up was Issy MacGregor from the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, with her presentation ‘Meiotic Recombination: The Great Genetic Bake Off’

‘People’s Choice’ Euan Doidge from the School of Chemistry also won the people’s choice prize with his presentation ‘WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction’

3MT 2017 University Final - watch the YouTube video now

2016 Competion

3 Minute Thesis 2016 – University Competition Winners

University competition winner: The winner of the 2016 competition was Maddie Long from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences with her presentation ‘Language and the Brain: The Skye’s the Limit’ Maddie will now go on to represent the University in the UK and Universitas 21 competitions.

**update Sep 16** Congratulations to Maddie Long for winning the People’s Choice prize at the UK final of the Competition with her presentation. Maddie competed against 56 semi-finalists from UK Universities and six finalists to win an invitation to speak at the Royal Institution in the spring of 2017 arranged by Speakezee.

Runner Up: the runner up was Priya Hari from the Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, with her presentation ‘Senescence: The Emergency Break on Cancer’

‘People’s Choice’: the people's choice winner was Edgar Rodríguez Sánchez from the School of Health in Social Sciences with his presentation ‘‘Understanding Gay Men’s Identities’

Congratulations to all the finalists on a great competition.

3MT 2016 University Final - watch the YouTube video now

2015 competition

3 Minute Thesis 2015 – University Competition Winners

University competition winner: The winner of the 2015 competition was Chen Zhao from the School of Clinical Sciences with her presentation ‘Astrocyte: the Star of Motor Neuron Disease’ Chen will now go on to represent the University in the UK and Universitas 21 competitions.

Runner Up: the runner up was Donald Slater from the School of GeoSciences, with his presentation ‘The Greenland Ice Sheet: cold ice in a hot drink’

‘People’s Choice’: the people's choice winner was Matthew Simmonte from the School of Chemistry with his presentation ‘‘Finding a match - polymer microarrays and internet dating’

Congratulations to all the finalists on a great competition.

The finalists presentations are available to watch on the University’s YouTube channel:

2014 competition

U21 competition

After successfully competing in the UK final of the 3 Minute Thesis competition in Manchester, Emma Hodcroft (the winner of the University of Edinburgh 2014 competition) competed in the Universitas 21 Competition, and came 3rd in the people's choice vote.

University competition

Winner: The winner of the 2014 3 Minute Thesis final was Emma Hodcroft with her presentation ‘Do some strains of HIV make people sick more quickly than others?’ Emma is from the school of Biological Sciences and is in the third year of her PhD, studying the evolution of virulence in HIV. Currently, she is working on a computer simulation to investigate how HIV spreads in populations.

Runner up: The runner up was Andrea Moring from the School of Geosciences with her presentation ‘The silence of the lambs: How do sheep and climate affect air pollution?’

Watch the finalists: you can watch the University 2014 3MT finalists on the University's YouTube channel:

2013 competition

Universitas 21 Grand Final

Christopher West (Clinical Sciences) represented the University of Edinburgh in the U21 international competition. It was a virtual competition and was truly international with many countries and territories represented.

All the videos are available to view online:

The University final

On the 24th July nine finalists battled it out in the University final. It was a hugely enjoyable and successful event. The quality of presentations was excellent and it was not an easy task for the judges to choose a winner! Well done to all contestants and many congratulations to the winners.

University final: winners

The winner of the University final was Christopher West (Clinical Surgery, CMVM) with his presentation "Blood, Sweat and Ears."

The runner up was Lani Watson (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences) with her presentation 'Why Ask."

The winner of the people's choice award was Mara Gotz (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures) with her presentation "How do we know what we know? Tracing knowledge transfer from sociology into translation studies."