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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2014 Cardiff Heat Winner Announced!

L-R: Becky Holmes, Winner Kat Deerfield, Professor Ken Wann, James Vilares

On Wednesday 5 May 2014, an audience gathered in the Hadyn Ellis Building to watch postgraduate researchers from across the University present their thesis in just three minutes.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. It challenges postgraduate research students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. A UK competition was run for the first time in 2013. This year the competition is sponsored by Vitae and 35 UK institutions are running local competitions.

A huge variety of thesis subjects were explored at the Cardiff heat – from opera and politics, to the link between cancer and sugar, to war and disability. Each of the presenters managed to keep within the challenging three minute time limit, and impressed with both their succinct presentations and their answers to audience questions afterwards. Judges Professor Ken Wann (Deputy Dean of the University Graduate College), Becky Holmes (Marketing and Staff Manager for Science Made Simple) and James Vilares (Community Engagement Officer) had the unenviable task of choosing a single winner.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the £150 prize was Kat Deerfield from the School of English, Communication and Philososphy, for her talk entitled ‘Heavenly Bodies: Gender and Sexuality in Extra-Terrestrial Culture’. Kat will now go on to compete at the national semi-finals at the University of York on 14 July. At this event, six national finalists will be identified to compete at the Vitae conference in Manchester on 9 September.

We would like to thank all of our excellent presenters (full details below) and offer a huge congratulations to Kat Deerfield. We wish her the best of luck in the semi-finals.





Alessandra Palidda        


Opera and Political Propaganda in a time of transitions

Anthony Savagar             


How the creation and destruction of firms affects overall economic performance

Emma Yhnell    


Huntington’s disease: of mice and men

Ivan Mugabi                      


International humanitarian law the protection of disability rights during and after times of armed conflicts

Iwan James Benneyworth


Warrior Cops: The Militarisation of US Drug Enforcement

Gareth  Willis


Young women with polycystic ovary syndrome have increased circulating microparticles which are predominantly platelet-derived

Stephanie Campbell


Diagnosing eye disease in Down’s syndrome

Giotseone Lucy                Hopkins


Identification of therapeutic targets in Acute myeloid leukaemia expressing

Kat Deerfield    


Heavenly Bodies: Gender and Sexuality in Extra-Terrestrial Culture

John McCrory


Sound, Vibration and Damage Detection

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