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Psychology research student wins 3 Minute Thesis faculty heat

Published: 8 April 2014

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland to encourage postgraduate students to present their research in a compelling way in a time span of just three minutes to an audience of non-specialists. The 3MT® asks students to consolidate their research and to communicate it effectively.

The 3MT® is now an international phenomenon and this year the University of Southampton is excited to be running its first competition. Around 150 postgraduate researchers from across the 8 faculties entered the first stage, the faculty heats, battling to outperform their fellow competitors.

A total of 12 Social and Human Sciences students took part in the heats which were held last month with each presenting engaging and comprehensive summaries of their research. The judging panel, comprised of academics from across the faculty, decided that Psychology postgraduate research student, Craig Allison's was the winning performance.

His research examines how people maintain a sense of where they are within a variety of different virtual environments, including Google maps, Google Earth and video game spaces. The aim of this work is to understand what can be done to make digital spaces easier to use.

Craig receives a £100 cash prize and is now in line for a chance to win a £1000 bursary award in the University Grand Final. Dr Edward Redhead, his academic supervisor was delighted, ‘I thought Craig was fantastic! He managed to convey the essence of his research simply and concisely which is a brilliant skill to have.'

Jointly run by RDGC and Careers Destinations with additional support from Public Policy at Southampton the Grand Final takes place on Wednesday 14th May 2014. We look forward to following Craig's progress.


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