Announcing the University of Liverpool Three Minute Thesis competition 2016

Three Minute Thesis - University of Queensland, ausWe are pleased to announce the first Three Minute Thesis competition in the University of Liverpool in 2016.

Register before 25th April

3rd May – 20th May Semi-finals for the University of Liverpool Three Minute Thesis competition 2016


Can you present your research topic in three minutes with just one PowerPoint slide and no additional props?

Can you communicate your research question, key results and conclusions in a language that can be understood by a non-specialist audience within these three minutes?

Prizes: The winning submission in June will win the Norton-Tempest Prize of £200 and have an opportunity to enter the UK Three Minute Thesis competition organised by Vitae.
The runner-up prize is £50.


January  – competition announcement

2nd MarchWebinar: ‘An Introduction to the Three Minute Thesis competition’, which will introduce the competition, the rules and offer tips for presentation and an opportunity for potential participants to ask questions about the competition.

8th March 2016, 09:00-16:30
14th April 2016, 09:00-16:30

Communicating Research: Presenting for Public Engagement

This one-day workshop aims to prepare PGRs for presenting their research to the wider public  and will include specific support for the Three Minute Thesis competition.  Attendance at this workshop is not a prerequisite for participation in the competition.

3rd May – 20th May – The semi-finals will take place online as part of the ‘Communicating Research: a multi-media online event’

June – competition final in the week of 6 – 10th June.

Professional Development: The event offers opportunities to

  • Engage in public communication
  • Gain relevant skills and experience for your ongoing career and CV
  • Gain exposure and publicity for yourself and your research project
  • A chance to win a University prize and submission to a national competition

To register your interest: Please sign up for our Webinar – An Introduction to the Three Minute Thesis competition on the: 2nd March.

All registered attendees will be sent further information and have an opportunity to ask questions about this event.  During this webinar we will provide further information covering the formal requirements and the judging process and will offer guidance to help your preparation.
Copies of all questions and answers will be circulated to all who register for the webinar.

To enter this competition: Please register for ‘Communicating Research: a multi-media online event. You will be asked to declare whether you are entering the Three Minute Thesis competition before the event starts in May.



New webinars and workshops for 2016

In 2016 PGR Development are expanding the development programme with new workshops in presenting for public engagement, creativity and a specific workshop for part-time students, together with two new webinars that offer guidance and suggestions for your research writing and presentations.

There workshops are  open to all PGRs in the University of Liverpool. Please follow the links on the dates for further details and to book a place.

— Please note: both these webinar have been oversubscribed. We expect to offer new dates once we assess feedback from these first presentations. —

PGR: Webinar – Managing the Research Writing Process 27th January 12:30 – 13:30

This session covers the process of research writing, from the start in making notes through to the final editing stages, and is for PGRs preparing  informal reports, journal articles or working towards your thesis.

PGR: Webinar – Enhancing your Research Presentations  3rd March 12:30 – 13:30

This session considers the qualities of an effective presentation and offers advice on all stages of the process from the initial preparation stages through to delivery and the question and answer session.

PGR One-Day Workshop: Presenting for Public Engagement 

8th March 2016, 09:00-16:30 –   14th April 2016, 09:00-16:30

This one-day workshop aims to prepare you for presenting your research to the wider public. During workshop you will focus on your performance, try multiple styles of presenting and refine and deliver a three-minute talk about your research, which is aimed at a non-specialist yet educated audience.

PGR Half-Day Workshop: Managing your PhD Part-Time

10th May 2016, 13:30-16:30

This half-day workshop is designed specifically for part-time postgraduate researchers and will explore a range of topics relevant to the part-time PhD, from time-management, motivation to managing the supervisory relationship.

PGR Half-Day Workshop: Design Thinking: exploring creativity techniques for your research

17th May 2016, 13:00-17:00

This fun half-day introduction to Design Thinking explores how a creative and playful mindset can improve the research process and help to make us more innovative researchers. This workshop aims  tointroduceuseful tools and methodologies that you can immediately apply to your current research, as well as helping you think about how you plan future projects and collaborations.

Important Note: If you book a workshop, please record this in your diary/calendar and  cancel the booking if you can no longer attend. This will allow other PGRs to attend in your place. You can cancel your own bookings at Many workshops are delivered by external providers at a cost to PGR Development and other workshops involve considerable effort from presenters and catering costs that cannot be recovered.

 Further PGR Development workshops

Dates for further workshops organised by PGR Development can be seen on the CLL booking system** at:

Upcoming workshops and events offered by PGR Development

** excepting the Careers Online portfolio and Science and Engineering First Year workshops,

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Interdisciplinary Collaborations –– creating the conference environment

12th Jan, 9th Feb 2016 for PGRs in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Further dates are being arranged later in the year.

Are you looking to develop essential research skills as part of your professional development plan?
Do you want more opportunities for inter-disciplinary networking?
Do you want to learn more about how to plan your own conference  or learn how to make the most of conferences?

During this workshop you will work in self-selected interdisciplinary groups to:

  • Devise a proposal for an innovative interdisciplinary postgraduate conference
  • Work collaboratively to produce an idea and work plan for organising an interdisciplinary conference
  • Present a case for that proposal as an abstract and as a presentation
  • Assess other proposals as part of a peer review process
  • Respond positively to a peer review

Through this exercise, you will  learn more about the conference process and how to make this experience more effective.  The activities will also you assess your further needs for professional development and enable you to develop your skills in all domains of the Researcher Development Framework including:

  • working as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with other researchers from different backgrounds
  • creativity thinking to develop new ideas
  • presenting new and convincing ideas in a succinct manner
  • project planning and time management
  • performing a critical peer review and responding to feedback
  • self-reflecting on your progress

Further details and booking