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HKU Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Training Workshop

Date & Time:

|9:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.




Mr Simon Clews
Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

A training workshop will be held for HKU RPg students interested in joining the 3MT Competition.  All RPg students – whether you are a final-year student interested in joining the HKU 3MT 2018 or a candidate who may consider joining the HKU 3MT in future – are welcome.  Please bring along your laptop as there will be a task for you to do during lunch break.

You will often hear Simon Clews say that, aside from the thesis itself, 3MT is possibly the most important thing a student can do during their RPg candidature.  The skills that participation in the competition gives you will have benefits that will last you the rest of your career, whether that be inside the Academy or outside.  Put simply, a good 3MT entry means you could pretty much have any grant or job that you set your eyes on!

This workshop will look at effective communications skills, preparing and delivering a winning 3MT entry, producing a stunning slide and the difference between a straight read and a captivating ‘performance’.  Simon will offer tips, tricks and techniques he has gained from judging hundreds of 3MT heats and finals all around Australia and training students all over the world.

About the Speaker:
Simon Clews is the Director of the Melbourne Engagement Lab, The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.  He supports postgraduate students, early career researchers and academic staff as they transform their research into writing for non-specialist audiences.

Simon has judged every heat, semi and final since the 3MT Competition was introduced to Melbourne.  He has also judged the Trans-Tasman 3MT finals twice at the University of Western Australia (once as head of the judging panel), and in 2015 he judged all the Trans-Tasman semis at the University of Queensland (UQ).  He has conducted training sessions every year at the University of Melbourne, and in recent years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as well as at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island.  He also trained the wild card finalists at UQ in recent years.  The guide he wrote, 'How to Make the Most of Your Three Minutes', appears on dozens of university web sites all around the world and has been translated into French.

To facilitate the logistic arrangements, please register via the HKU Event Management System:

About 3MT:
The 3MT was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia in 2008.  This is an academic competition that challenges RPg students to explain their research within 3 minutes to a general audience.  It encourages skills development in communicating the importance of research to the broader community.  The HKU 3MT Competition is jointly organised by the Graduate School and Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO) every year.  The highest ranking PhD candidate may be given the opportunity to represent HKU in a regional/international 3MT competition.  For further details, please visit the 3MT website.

For enquiries, please contact KEO by email:

Graduate School
Knowledge Exchange Office

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