Three Minute Thesis 2017 Winners

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges doctoral researchers to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. Following a competitive process, 10 researchers managed to go through the University Graduate School’s 3 Minute Thesis final on 9 June 2017.

Our Finalists

  • Chris Krechowiecki-Shaw (EPS - Civil Engineering)
  • Sarah Lastakchi (MDS - Pharmacy)
  • Isabel Lopez-Olivia (MDS - Dentistry)
  • Usman Tasiu Abdurrahman (EPS - Engineering)
  • Emily Summerton (EPS - Chemical Engineering)
  • Kamlesh Patel (EPS - Chemistry)
  • Meryl Lewis (LES - Clinical Psychology)
  • Hikmah Kamarudin (LES - Geography)
  • Jonathan Ward (EPS - Civil Engineering)
  • Jack Pearce (LES - Biosciences Cardiovascular)


After careful consideration, the judges awarded the following prizes:

  • Birmingham Winner: Meryl Lewis (LES - Clinical Psychology) - Thesis title: Dementia - living with a stranger
  • Runner up: Emily Summerton (EPS - Chemical Engineering) - Thesis title: More than just a bottle by your sink

Congratulations to our winner, who was awarded a £500 research grant, and thank you to all our postgraduate researchers who took part in this year’s competition.

The winner of the Birmingham competition will go forward to the UK-wide 3MT semi-final, and complete for one of six places in the UK final at the Vitae Annual Conference. The Birmingham winner will also go through to the Universitas 21 virtual 3MT final, which will be judged at the end of October. The final will include research students from across the globe and will take place virtually via video entries.

3MT videos will be available on our website soon.