The University of Newcastle, Australia

Three minute thesis competition

View the Finalists' Videos and awards presentation

They say that, on average, it would take nine hours to present an eighty thousand-word thesis to an audience. Our competitors have just three minutes.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is held annually for Higher Degree Research candidates across the University. In just three minutes, using only a static slide, participants present their research – what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and why. This year our fifteen finalists, representing a broad range of disciplines across the university, delivered their presentations virtually with over 4000 votes received over a 24-hour period to decide on the People’s Choice Award.

An awards ceremony was held on Thursday 20 August 2020, with our Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Alex Zelinsky, presenting the winners with their awards. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Professor Janet Nelson, delivered an inspiring address to the finalists which was live-streamed across the world.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to Unibank for their continued support.

Three Minute Thesis Topic


First place


Philippa Ditton-Phare

Improving Doctor-Patient Communication in Psychiatry: An Evaluation of a Communication Skills Program

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Second Place


Jessica Madden

A Genetic Approach to Understanding Chronic Pain

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Third Place


Jarrod Sansom

Facebook Wars: You’re either with us….. or against us

Faculty of Education and Arts

People’s Choice


Sabiha Matin

Optiizing the benefits of hosting business events

Faculty of Business and Law



Annalisa Cuskelly

Birth, Bowels and Behaviour

Faculty of Science

Reilly Innes

Juggling your workload

Faculty of Science

Erin Robinson

Father-Child Rough-and-Tumble Play Interactions: Links to Childhood Working Memory Outcomes

Faculty of Science

Indishe Senanayake

Estimating Soil Moisture at a High Spatial Resolution with Remote Sensing

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Andrew Seyderhelm

Cognitive Adaptive Serious Games

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Hamid Heydarian

Have you been eating lately?

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Leanne Faulkner

When Size Matters: Workplace Mental Health Among Micro-Business Owners

Faculty of Business and Law

Praveena Thevisuthan

Healing the Employee’s Broken Heart: High Performance Work Systems impact on Employee Outcomes

Faculty of Business and Law

Emily Ramage

Designing and testing a program of supervised exercise to be delivered via telehealth to reduce secondary stroke risk

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Xing Xu

Cross-cultural adaptation of Chinese Doctoral Students in Australian Universities

Faculty of Education and Arts

Dinusha Nonis

Management of Childhood Stuttering in Sri Lanka

Faculty of Education and Arts