3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Development Series: Webinar & workshops

The Researcher Development Unit has developed a 3MT Face to Face Workshop Series to support Higher Degree Research Candidates in entering their faculty heats prior to the UNSW Interfaculty final on Tuesday 18 September 2018

The 3MT development series has been developed to support Higher Degree Research candidates in preparing for their faculty final heats which in some faculties begins in early June/July.


Please note: The 3MT Webinar...is it for me & Workshop #1 are a pre-requisite to attend #2 and #3 workshops.

Introduction:  Webinar:  3MT....is it for me?

Aims:  This webinar will provide you with an overview of the 3MT competition, including rules, eligibility, and judging criteria, as well as the benefits and support available if you decide to enter.  This content will not be covered in Part 1 Workshop.

Date/Time:  Friday 11 May, 11.00am - 12 noon

To register:  <Link>


Part 1: Workshop:  Foundations for developing an effective 3MT

 Aims:  This workshop involves applying essential principles of an effective 3MT presentation to your first draft of a script and development of a visual slide.  It will require all those who attend to participate in sharing & presenting their draft 3MT script to a small group of peers.  

Date/Time:   Friday 25 May 2018, 9.30am - 12 noon OR 1.00pm - 3.30pm

Registration & Details:  <Link?

Note: This workshop includes preliminary and post workshop tasks.  It is a pre-requisite to attend this workshop in order to progress to parts 2 & 3 in the series, given the skills and knowledge gained is built progressively.  

Part 2: Workshop: Delivering an effective 3MT

Aims:  This workshop will build on the foundations of workshop Part 1 in this series and focus on communication elements, both verbal and non-verbal that can have a real impact on how well you communicate your  3MT script.  Tools to assist in managing nerves and preparing and planning for heats are also covered.  Performance elements will be covered.

All participants will be filmed presenting their draft 3MT and provided copies of their performance for feedback, plus written feedback from their peers.

Date/Time: Friday 8 June, 2018, 9.30am - 12 noon

Registration details: <Link>

Note: This workshop includes preliminary and post workshop tasks. Only those who have attended at least 1 of the workshops are able to proceed and attend Part 3.

Can I attend Workshop Part 2 if I missed Part 1 in this development series?  

The series builds on knowledge and skills that form part of a framework of support.   However, if you are unable to make Part 1  you are welcome to attend Part 2.  To get the most from your attendance it is expected that you will complete both the pre & post workshop from Part 1 prior to attending.  Please make sure when you register that you choose the option "No I did not attend Part 1" so you will receive access to links with these tasks and are well prepared.

Part 3: Workshop: Preparing for your 3MT performance

Aim:  The aim of this final workshop in the series is to provide you with an opportunity to deliver your 3MT in a competition-style environment.  Mock judges will be present and will provide feedback to all.  

All participants will be filmed presenting their 3MT and provided copies of their performance for feedback, plus written feedback from peers and judges.

Date & Time:  Friday 22 June 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm (includes light lunch)

Registration:  By invitation only

 Note: Preference will be given to those who have attended both Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, as numbers are limited.   Only those who have attended at least 1 of the workshops are able to attend Part 3 .  Completion of all pre and post work tasks is needed to gain the most from this workshop which focuses on your recorded performance in front of mock-judges and peers.


Resource:  3MT Moodle Page:  Videos and highlights from 2017 (will house webinar once recorded)

 If you need assistance with self-enrolling, view the following link for guidance:  https://teaching.unsw.edu.au/moodle-self-enrolment-course

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Participants' feedback on most valuable aspects from last year's series:

 "you're such an awesome team! It's been a great experience".

"The spacing between workshops gave me time to work on things and forced me to dedicate time to working on my 3MT"

"Getting the chance to practise, try out ideas in front of others and get feedback was really helpful"

"Peer feedback was an excellent way to improve our scripts"

" Providing feedback & guidance in a supportive environment"

"Learning new skills and building my self-confidence"

"Opportunity to be filmed and provide peer feedback"

"Progressive learning and staged/step based preparation was really valuable"


Contact & enquiries:  Please forward any questions to have to researcherdevelopment@unsw.edu.au regarding this 3MT series.