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UCL PhD student talks his way to national final

6 August 2015

A UCL student has reached the national final of a competition that challenges PhD candidates to explain their research in three minutes.

Jonathon Hannabuss (right) at the UCL final with Professor David Bogle and Mariana Ceccotti.

Three Minute Thesis ® (3MT) doctoral students to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes, in language appropriate to non-specialists.

In June, Jonathon Hannabuss, a research student in UCL Life Sciences, won the first UCL-wide Three Minute Thesis, hosted by UCLU, in collaboration with the Doctoral School

Jonathon was then put forward to compete in a national online semi-final, organised by Vitae. A judging panel viewed videos of the winners from 48 competing institutions, and selected six finalists including Jonathon.

He and the other five finalists will compete in a live final at the Vitae Annual Conference taking place on 8 September.


  • Jonathon (right) at the UCL final with Professor David Bogle, Pro-Provost and Head of UCL's Doctoral School, and Mariana Ceccotti, UCLU Postgraduate Students' Officer 2014-15.