Vitae 3MT FAQ's

My institution is not running a competition. Can I enter the semi-final as an individual?

Sorry, we only accept semi-finalists that are winners of local competitions.

Who is the Vitae competition open to?

All Vitae member organisations operating a 3MT competition within the rules set out by the University of Queensland are welcome to send their competition winners to the national final supported by Vitae.

I'm a member organisation from outside the UK. Can I join in?

Speak to us! 3MT@vitae.ac.uk

Can my institution run the competition online?

HEIs are free to run their internal competitions in person, online, or whichever format they choose.

How will Vitae run the final competition?

In light of Covid19 and the restrictions around travel we have decided to hold the whole Vitae competition online in 2021.

How can I watch the final?

If you book to attend Vitae Connections Week you will automatically be given access to watch the 3MT competition. If you are not attending Connections Week 2021, you will need to book to watch the 3MT final, once bookings go live. After the event the presentations will be made available online.

What happens if my HEI’s finalist has completed their doctorate between the local competition and the semi-final or final?

As long as the participant had not yet had their viva at the time of the local competition s/he will be eligible to participate in the semi-final and/or final.

When do you need to know whether we will be participating in the Vitae competition?

Video entries to the semi-final (institutional winners only) should be provided to Vitae Friday 2nd July 2020. It is advisable to have the video ready by the 25 June 2020.

If our winner is not able or does not want to enter the Vitae competition, can we send a substitute?

Yes. For example you can send a people's choice winner or a runner up identified by the judges.

Can we run 3MT without being involved in the Vitae competition?

Of course, but we think that offering the opportunity to compete at national level adds a lot to the participant experience.

Does the video entry for the semi-final have to be recorded at our institution's event?

No, but it does have to conform to the standard rules and requirements.

What information do you need from our winner?

As well as the 3 minute presentation video, we need to know the winner’s name, department, contact details (email) and title. Please also ask them to send their single 3MT slide, a short abstract (max 150 words), short biography about themselves and a photo for use in our publicity materials.


If you have further questions, please get in touch: 3MT@vitae.ac.uk