Keele Three Minute Thesis Final 2019

Once more, the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Keele Postgraduate Association joined forces for a KPA Celebration Evening which included the Bob Beattie Student of the Year Award as well as the Three Minute Thesis final. The award recognises the overall excellence of a member of the postgraduate community, not just their academic pursuits but also the contributions they have given to the postgraduate community, whilst the Three Minute Thesis is a terrific showcase of postgraduate research at Keele.

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There was a change of venue for this year, with the event taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Keele Chapel.  Outgoing KPA President, George Blake opened proceedings.

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This year, two keen finalists were competing for the prestigious title of Keele 3MT Winner 2019 and the opportunity to represent the University in the national VITAE semi-final. 

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The two finalists were welcomed and introduced by Professor David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

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Yaar Dagan
Department: School of Law
Supervisor: Dr Mario Prost
Title: It feels like playing a video game': Lethal Drones and Dehumanisation in the 'Holy Land' of Israel and Palestine

Watch the video of Yaar's presentation on the Keele You Tube channel here

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Charlotte Bagnall
Department: School of Psychology
Supervisors: Professor Claire Fox
Title: Talking about School Transition (TaST)

Watch the video of Charlotte's presentation on the Keele You Tube channel here

As ever, it was a difficult task to select a winner from two outstanding performances and Jonathan Wastling shared the judges’ deliberations highlighting the merits and distinctions of each presentation.

Our winner was Yaar Dagan from the School of Law with his presentation It feels like playing a video game': Lethal Drones and Dehumanisation in the 'Holy Land' of Israel and Palestine.  His recorded presentation will go forward to the VITAE National competition where the finalist from each institution will take part in the virtual semi-final. From here six finalists will then be selected to perform live at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference during the gala dinner on September 16th 2019 in Birmingham.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries. Presenting a 3MT challenges students to describe their research in a way which entertains and engages a non-specialist audience. Against the clock, with just one slide, no props, poems or raps, it is a daunting task and a vital skill that all researchers need to develop.

You can watch the video from the whole evening here.

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The Bob Beattie Postgraduate Student of the Year was Olly Robertson who received a prize of £500 and the much coveted trophy.  The five runners up were Alisha Mathers, Farhana Chowdhury, Jenny McCarthy, Martin Goodhead and Yolanda Gomez Galvez who each received £100.

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