Congratulations to Alison for winning the St Andrews round of the three minute thesis competition. This contest challenges PhD candidates to explain their entire thesis in 3 minutes in language appropriate for a non-specialist audience. Participants may only use one powerpoint slide. No props, animations or interpretive dance were allowed. As the winner of the University final she wins £500 to spend on a public-engagement event and a recording of her presentation will be put into the national semi-finals.