Public engagement events and News from 2016

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic and its significance. In just three minutes, PhD students attempt to make their thesis topic clear, compelling and entertaining. The university's final took place on the 8th June and Kirsty McIntyre was awarded 1st place along with a £500 voucher. The video of her presentation in the final (which took place in front of a panel of judges and a public audience) will be sent to Vitae to be judged against videos from the other ~48 participating UK universities with the top 6 presenter then being invited to the live final in September.

Diabetes UK event at Cheetham's School of Music

Richard Unwin presented an update on research in CADET studying therapeutic targets for interventions in diabetes and its complications at an event for donors and patients held on the 19th May. The event was well-attended by a very knowledgeable and engaged audience and Richard had several interesting discussions with supporters after his talk to communicate some of the latest research findings in more detail.

Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility 2016 – The University of Manchester

Richard Unwin was awarded a commendation by the judges of the University’s annual Making a Difference Social Responsibility awards. Richard was nominated in the public engagement category for his work with a local primary school, obtaining funding to design and run a highly successful science week for over 250 children, and providing them with resources for the future. This category received a large number of nominations, and as such Richard failed to make the final shortlist, but was commended by the judging panel for the quality of the project.