2016 – 3 Minute Thesis

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit… 3 minutes.


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was set up by the University of Queensland in 2008.  Since then, the competition has soared in popularity and is competitions are held in over 350 universities across the world. 3MT® is a celebration of PhD research, challenging students to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.

For the first time in 2016, Edinburgh Napier University took part in 3MT® and we’re delighted that we had an excellent line up of student researchers.  Our audience vote went to Matt Wale for his presentation on ocean sound pollution, and our panel of judges voted for David Whiteley’s presentation about hepatitis research. David as finalist of the Edinburgh Napier heat went forward to the UK semi-final later in 2016.

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Researcher participants:

Clare McTigue (SEBE)

Implementation of Transport Policies – Getting from A to B

Alex Rawcliffe (SLSSS)

A Biomechanical Analysis of British Army Foot-Drill: Implications of Lower-Limb Musculoskeletal Injury in Male and Female Recruit Populations

Ellis Urquhart (NUBS)

The Role of Interactive Technology in the Co-creation of Experience in Scottish Visitor Attractions

Matt Wale (SLSSS)

Contradicting Cousteau – The Not So Silent World

David Whiteley (SNMSC)

Hep hep hooray?

Marwa Salayma (SoC)

A Reliable Time Division Based Channel Access Protocol for Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN)

Jenny Patterson (SNMSC)

Exploring women’s and midwives’ experiences of interacting with one another in the context of women developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder post Childbirth

Fraser Burke (SACI)

The Effectiveness of Limitation in Musical Improvisation

David Gil Moreno (SEBE)

British timber. From the forest to the building. A sustainable route of research

Duncan Milne (SACI)

Robert Louis Stevenson: Influence, Interpretation and Contested Traditions

Frances Ryan (SoC)

Online information: Your reputation friend… or foe?


Judging panel:

Prof Mark Huxham (Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning enhancement)

Prof Jessie Kennedy (Dean of Research and Innovation)

Steve Vass (Scotland Editor, The Conversation)