The Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham held its first Three Minute Thesis® competition yesterday and the event was a huge success!
Medievalists from across the University came together to cheer on eight postgraduate contestants who each battled it out to win coveted prizes donated by medievalists.net and the King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester.
The contestants—MA students Hannah Ingram and George Smalley, and PhD students Erin Connelly, Carl Dixon, Eleni Ponirakis, Anja Rohde, Laura di Stefano and Kathrine Whitehouse—delivered impressive and time-efficient presentations, demonstrating the impressive breadth of medieval study undertaken at the University of Nottingham.
Judges, Dr Chris King, Prof Judith Jesch and Dr Claire Taylor, were faced with a difficult task when selecting one overall winner and two runners-up from the outstanding group of contestants. Fortunately, however, the judges were unanimous in their decision to announce Anja Rohde as the overall winner. Anja was visibly pleased when awarded with a collection of recently published books, a free subscription to medievalists.net’s online magazine and a bottle of wine as prizes.
Just missing out on overall victory, runners-up Erin Connelly and Hannah Ingram each received a bottle of wine for their well-received presentations.
Audience members also had the opportunity to choose a winner by voting for their favourite presentation on ‘Eurovision style’ ballot papers. Voters chose Erin Connelly as the winner of the People’s Choice award and Erin was rewarded with two free tickets to the King Richard III Visitor Centre.
Thanks to the success of the event, the IMR Three Minute Thesis competition will return in the Autumn Term. Please check the Medieval Midlands Twitter account (@med_midlands) regularly for information on next term’s competition as soon as it becomes available.
Matt Hefferan and Emma Vosper would like to take this opportunity to thank medievalists.net and the King Richard III Visitor Centre for donating such incredible and well-received prizes!