Taylor & Francis sponsor Vitae’s 2016 UK Three Minute Thesis competition

Taylor & Francis sponsor Vitae’s 2016 UK Three Minute Thesis competition

We are delighted to announce that Taylor & Francis will be the headline sponsor for this year’s Vitae UK Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®), the largest national 3MT® competition in the world. The 2016 UK final will take place at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in Manchester.

Originally developed by The University of Queensland, 3MT® is a celebration of the dynamic and exciting work conducted by doctoral researchers across the UK. The competition challenges participants to explain their research in just three minutes, and in a way that can be understood by a non-specialist audience.

Open to any Vitae member higher education institution, the competition attracts entrants from across the UK. Taylor & Francis will be part of the judging panel and provide prizes to finalists. This will include a grant to the judges' choice winner for further public engagement activities, giving the winner the opportunity to enhance their professional development and profile beyond the competition.

Each entrant will already have competed in and won the 3MT® competition within their own institution, then progress to an online national semi-final from which six finalists are selected to take part in the live final  - a highlight of Vitae’s Researcher Development International Conference in Manchester on 12th September.

Leon Heward-Mills, Global Editorial Director (Journals) at Taylor & Francis Group said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s UK 3MT® competition, and to be working with Vitae on this. As a publisher of journals and books across all disciplines, we support early career researchers in many ways, including through mentoring schemes and an international workshop programme. Sponsoring this competition is a natural extension of that work. Distilling your research into three minutes is hugely challenging (as is presenting it at a national level) but also an incredibly beneficial exercise in public engagement. I am very much looking forward to presenting the winner with their grant, and seeing what they go on to achieve with it.”  

Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae, commented: “Public engagement is an important aspect of being a researcher and this competition represents a fabulous opportunity for participants to extend their professional development in this direction. We are delighted to be working with Taylor & Francis on the UK 3MT® competition, which will be the largest national competition in the world.”

Institutions can register their interest in entering their own 3MT® winner in the 2016 Vitae national competition until the end of June 2016.

Notes to Journalists

3MT® is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries. Vitae have hosted the UK 3MT® competition since 2014.

FAQs on the 3MT® competition: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/three-minute-thesis-competition/three-minute-thesis-uk-frequently-asked-questions

About Vitae
Vitae hosts the 2016 UK Three Minute Thesis ® (3MT) competition, which is open to any Vitae member higher education institution holding a 3MT competition for its own researchers. Vitae is a UK-based international programme, owned and managed by the Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC), which champions professional development for researchers.


Watch the videos from the 2015 3MT® UK semi-final and final.

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Communications Manager, Vitae
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