From UoB to UBC- a U21 fellowship blog

Three minutes and counting

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Back in Vancouver for the second week of my fellowship. No photograph today, I’m afraid, but campus is looking really beautiful in the June sunshine, all the fountains are playing and the sun was making rainbows in the spray.

As the Three Minute Thesis competition is running next week at UoB I took the chance to discuss UBC’s support for 3MT with Jacqui Brinkman, who’s been my host for this fellowship.

3MT has a long history at UBC, and those of you who attended the workshop I ran last month may remember I played some videos from UBC finalists. Jacqui explained that they produce handbooks, example programmes and and templates for department/ faculty heats, and run training both as a face to face workshop and as a webinar. Participants have the chance to practice their 3MTs in coaching sessions, and receive honest, constructive feedback. Jacqui also invited last year’s 3MT winner to talk about his experiences in the workshop. I think this is a great idea, so look out for me asking for volunteers next year!

You can find out more about UBC’s 3MT here, including videos of this year’s finalists. Jacqui’s tips for 3MT? Stay calm and practice, practice, practice! Good luck next week everyone!

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Author: Erika H

Erika Hawkes, Postgraduate Researcher Development Officer at the University of Birmingham. Creator/facilitator of University Graduate School development programmes. Interested in professional development, writing support, and cohort identity among postgraduate researchers. Enthusiastic knitter and accidental ice hockey fan. Opinions are my own, not those of my employer.

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