Student success in global challenge

An Edinburgh student has enjoyed success in an international public engagement competition.

Emma Hodcroft came third in the People’s Vote in the 2014 Three-Minute Thesis competition, organised by Universitas U21.

Emma, who is studying a PhD on the evolution of virulence in HIV, has already won the University of Edinburgh’s 3MT competition and competed in the UK final.

She competed against 16 other students from eight countries in delivering a distilled presentation of her thesis, entitled ‘Do some strains of HIV make people sick more quickly than others?’.

Global challenge

The Universitas 21 Competition involves representatives of the international group of research universities competing against one another.

The final was judged by an international panel of industry and academic professionals.

Triple prize

The 3 minute thesis (3MT) competition, developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, allows researchers to gain experience in public engagement by communicating their research with an intelligent lay audience around the world.

This year there were three awards available: Judges' First Place, Judges' Highly Commended and People's Choice, which was open to a public vote.