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Success for ISVR researcher in University-wide Three Minute Thesis contest

Published: 6 June 2014Origin: Engineering

Postgraduate researcher Hannah Shutt from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) in Engineering and the Environment took second place in the University of Southampton final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) contest.

Eight students representing all Faculties competed to present a compelling description of their PhD thesis and its significance in just three minutes before a lecture theatre packed with students and academic staff, mostly new to the subject. Judges decided on the quality of communication, comprehension and engagement with the audience. More than 150 took part in closely-fought heats around the University to decide on the finalists.

In the contest, Hannah spoke about her work analysing existing military hearing tests, identifying their weaknesses and coming up with a better test more suited to reflecting spoken orders in battlefield conditions. She has won £500 to spend on her research. Physics postgraduate Paul Gow won first prize and will represent Southampton in the national final later in the year.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam opened the event and listened with interest to all the finalists.

3MT® began in 2008 at the University of Queensland in Australia as a research communication competition and quickly spread around the world. Events are now held at more than 170 universities in 17 countries.

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