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12 October 2022
UWC Three-Minute Thesis Competition Winners

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) was invited to participate in the National Three-Minute Thesis (3-MT) competition, which will be hosted online by the University of the Free State’s Centre for Graduate Support on 28 October 2022.

The 3MT competition is a research communication competition that was developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. In this competition, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students are given three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The 3MT competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research findings so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. Since its inception in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept and its adoption in numerous universities has led to the development of an international competition. The 3MT competition was designed to develop skills that will give students an important career advantage once they complete their studies.

The doctoral student's eligibility to participate in the national 3MT competition is dependent on their participation at local institutional level and, ultimately, emerging as either the overall winner or first runner-up. Consequently, participating institutions, as in the case of UWC, are required to host their internal 3MT competition as a preliminary selection procedure. Only the 1st and 2nd place 3MT competition winners from UWC have been selected to participate in the National Three-Minute Thesis (3-MT) competition coming up at the end of October.

The UWC 3MT competition was held virtually on 10 October with 14 participants from all faculties.

The 1st and 2nd place winners will be afforded an opportunity to participate in the national finals. They are:

Tamryn Frank - 1st place
(Faculty of CHS: Department of School of Public Health)

Thesis title:
“Development of a nutrient profiling model assessing the healthfulness of packaged foods for adults in the low-income context of South Africa.”


Friday Alaji - 2nd place
(Faculty of EMS: Department of School of Government)

Thesis title:
“Investigating participatory development in South Africa and Nigeria, a case study of Stellenbosch and Bwari municipalities.”

We would also like to recognise and congratulate the joint 3rd place winners below:

Faheema Kimmie Dhansay - Joint 3rd place
(Faculty of Dentistry: Department of Community & Oral Health)

Thesis title:
“Maternal and infant risk factors associated with the development of early childhood caries.”


Nina Barnes - Joint 3rd place
(Faculty of EMS: Department of Industrial Psychology)

Thesis title:
“The development of a career management intervention programme for academics in a South African Higher Education institution.”