Three-minute thesis competition

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HASSE faculty heat 2019

The Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) is an Australia-wide competition that celebrates the research of PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education (HASSE) is inviting its PhD and MPhil students to participate in the faculty heat on 23 August 2019. However, please note only PhD students will be able to progress to the UNE final.

Participants have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.

The faculty winner will compete against the other UNE faculty finalists for the chance to compete nationally and perhaps even in the Asia-Pacific finals. There are great prizes along the way.

By participating in the 3MT competition, you will:

  • develop your skills in academia, presentation and research communication
  • build a sense of rapport and community with your fellow HDR candidates
  • have excellent networking and professional development opportunities, especially if you are selected to represent UNE at national and international competitions
  • build your reputation in your field of research.

The competition will be judged by a panel of academics and professional staff from the faculty. The university community will be invited to view the presentations.


There are great prizes at every stage of his competition. Winners of the HASSE faculty heat will win funding towards their research activities:

First place - $400
Runner up - $250
People’s choice - $175

(Prize money is to be used for research related expenses).

Get involved

Thinking of presenting? You will need to register to present no later than 5pm 13 August 2019. Presentations can be either in-person or via Zoom. Please indicate your presentation mode when registering. Your presentation slide must be submitted no later than 5pm 19 August 2019.

You can register and submit your presentation slide via email to Nikki Rumpca, HDR Officer

For more information about the competition, including the judging criteria and a participant's handbook, view the links below. If you have further questions, please contact Nikki Rumpca, HDR Officer.

Details for the HASSE faculty heat are as follows:

When: 2-4pm, Friday 23 August 2019
Where: Lecture Theatre A3, Art Building (E11), UNE.

Competition rules 
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Judging criteria 

Engagement & Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?