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Prize winner is people’s choice

An Edinburgh student has won a prize in a global competition aimed at improving communication skills.

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Maddie Long was the winner of the People’s Choice Prize in the UK Final of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Maddie, a PhD student in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, was awarded the prize for her presentation, Language and the Brain: The Skye’s the Limit.

She was part of a 62-strong field drawn from universities across the UK that took part in the latter stages of the competition. Maddie came out on top in the People’s Choice Prize, which is chosen by members of the audience.

Maddie now has the opportunity to present her talk in the celebrated Faraday Lecture Theatre at the Royal Institution of Great Britain next spring.

University heat

Maddie secured her place in the UK final by winning the Edinburgh heat of the competition.

PhD students from each of the University’s three Colleges competed in front of an expert panel in June.

Thesis challenge

The 3MT competition was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. It challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in three minutes, using only one slide.

It enables doctoral researchers to showcase their work, and can open doors to new collaborations and networks for researchers and supervisors.

It was a huge honour to receive the People's Choice Prize as there were many talented PhD students with fascinating research. I am so grateful to my supervisors, the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and the Institute for Academic Development for their continuous support throughout the competition!

Maddie LongPhD Linguistics & English Language

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School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Institute for Academic Development

3 Minute Thesis