Postgraduate Researchers: Register now for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Grand Final

The Academy invites you to the University of Liverpool’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Grand Final. The 3MT® is a prestigious national competition challenges researchers to present their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using just one slide. Since its launch by the University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT® has been adopted in 85 countries and 900 universities worldwide.

Dr Jamie Gallagher, public engagement expert and former international 3MT® winner, provided a workshop on the 24th of March to help to prepare PGRs to enter the UoL 3MT®competition. His top tips are captured in four short videos which are available at:

Feedback about the 3MT® from the Liverpool PGR community

“After attending the workshop, I realised that the 3MT is a skill and ability that can be acquired through learning, practicing, self-challenging and improving. I am really excited to see the candidates at the finals, to learn from them, to see how they engage with the audience, to see their creativity and rigorousness, … you never know what you are going to get from this competition!”     Xiaoxiao Hou, PGR based in the School of the Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entries to the 3MT® Faculty heats were received from across the University, covering a diverse range of exciting research topics. The results of the Faculty judging panels are now in and ten outstanding entries from the PGRs listed below have been selected to progress to the live in-person grand finale. Our congratulations to all who contributed entries!

  • Ieva Andrulyte, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Paige Monaghan, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • George Jones, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Sarah Ellis, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Fionnuala McCully, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Mehdi Anhichem, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Louise Evans, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Kindah Ali, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Chloe Gray, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Workshop on the Science of Q&As and 3MT® People’s Choice Award

Hosted by comedian and science communicator Steve Cross, the final will showcase the excellent research undertaken by PGRs at Liverpool and will provide an opportunity for the audience to join in a lively and interactive discussion on ‘The Science of Q&As’. The session will include advice and tips from Steve about how to handle those awkward questions following presentations. Lunch will be provided and there will be a range of opportunities for conversations, practice sharing and creating connections across the University.

Watch as the finalists showcase their research, for the opportunity to be crowned the University of Liverpool 3MT® champion. Support our finalists and have your say on the day, by voting for your favourite presentation for the People’s Choice Award.

The final will be in-person on Tuesday the 23rd of May, 11:00am -1.30pm, at the Spine. All postgraduate researchers  staff who support them (PGR supervisors and those with Faculty, School or Institutional responsibilities for PGRs) are welcome to attend. Early booking is recommended to secure a place. To find out more, please visit:

Additional sessions of interest to Postgraduate Researchers at Liverpool

All PGRs are invited to join the first ever Postgraduate Development Network Lunch and Learn: Connecting with confidence- online networking workshop on Wednesday the 31st of May 13:00-14:00.

Learn a number of techniques and net-working tips that will help you break the ice, confidently convey your research and set foot inside that conversational circle you’ve been eyeing up all this time! Find out more and register by visiting:

Further information

View an electronic copy of the Academy’s 2022-2023 PGR Development Brochure.

For more information about PGR development via the Academy, visit our webpages, email us at or follow us on Twitter @LivResearcher