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Winners of global #ShareMyThesis competition announced

27/03/2015

The winners of a worldwide, RCUK-sponsored competition to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research have been announced.

The #ShareMyThesis competition, which gave PhD students the opportunity to tell the story of why their research was important, gained huge interest with over 2,000 people participating across the globe.

After all the tweets were collated, eight shortlisted entrants were asked to write a short article (up to 600 words) elaborating on their tweet and explaining why their PhD research is/was important. The judges then determined the winner and two runners up. They were looking for articles that clearly articulated the importance of the research in an engaging and jargon-free way.

Sarah Wiseman, who won first place for her article ‘The Importance of Understanding Number Entry’ and completed her PhD in 2014 at University College London, with funding from EPSRC, tweeted:

#ShareMyThesis Typing numbers wrongly in hospitals can kill people. Understanding why it happens can help design better systems and stop it!

Louise Kettle, an AHRC-funded PhD student from the University of Nottingham, who came in at second place with her article ‘Learning from history? British military interventions in the Middle East 1956-2009’, tweeted out:

Does UK learn from history in Middle East? Could it improve? Crucial research to avoid past mistakes & save blood & treasure #ShareMyThesis

And securing third place in the competition was Dave Macleod with his article ‘Quantifying uncertainty in climate-driven disease risk predictions’. Dave, who completed his PhD in 2013 at the University of Liverpool with funding from NERC, entered the competition with this tweet:

Can we forecast average weather conditions months in advance? Sure. What about malaria? Yep. How? Read it to find out more...#ShareMyThesis

RCUK is delighted to have sponsored the #ShareMyThesis competition, run by the British Library’s Electronic Thesis Online Service (EThOS), as we are committed to supporting the excellent work of PhD students and encouraging them to share their research in the public domain.

We congratulate the three winners -Sarah Wiseman, Louise Kettle and Dave MacLeod on their tweets and the engaging articles that they produced to articulate the importance of the research.  All three winners all had received Research Councils support for their studentship.

Dr Iain Cameron (Head of Research Careers and Diversity at RCUK said: “It is fantastic that three early career researchers supported by the Research Councils have won these prizes. The ability to communicate the importance of your research is a key skill for today’s researchers. The use of electronic media highlights the fact that UK Doctoral Theses are increasingly accessible in digital from the British Library’s EThOS service.”

The full announcement and details of the winning entries can be found on the competition website www.bl.uk/share-my-thesis.

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