EY Business Student of the Year Award

The award recognises a current Business School student who has displayed excellence in academic performance, communication skills, community service, extracurricular activities and is knowledgeable of world issues.

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Competition information

The EY Business Student of the Year award assesses students on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Communication, including written, informal and prepared speech
  • Service to the community
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Business, national and world events


All full-time students currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business and Information Management or a Bachelor of Property at the University are eligible.

Students enrolled in conjoint degrees are also eligible, as long as one of their degrees is Commerce or Property. Students must have completed at least two semesters of study before they are eligible to enter.

Finalists from previous BSOTY competitions can re-apply but previous winners cannot.

Assessment process

Candidates for the EY Business Student of the Year must submit:

  1. A transcript of your complete academic record at the University of Auckland including any conjoint degree
  2. A one-page cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria by answering the three questions detailed on the application form
  3. A copy of your CV (maximum two A4 pages)
  4. A completed application form

Juding process

Stage 1 of the judging process
For Stage 1 each finalist will participate in six five-minute interviews with six judges. The topic of the interviews may cover:

  • Your extra-curricular activities
  • Your involvement in community, voluntary and service
  • World events
  • National events
  • Business events
  • Role of ethics in business
  • Career plans

Stage 2 of the judging process
For Stage 2 each candidate will make a five minute speech on the topic. The topic will be announced to the finalists when they are shortlisted. This will take place in an open forum with invited guests including friends and family.

The prize

The winner will receive:

  1. $1,000 prize money
  2. Three one-on-one meetings with prominent New Zealand business leaders
  3. Photo and brief bio on the Business School's "Best in Business" display
  4. A certificate

All finalists will also receive a certificate.

Important dates

Applications open now 

Applications close: 12pm Monday 17 April

EY Business Student of the Year final: Monday 1 May 2017

BSOTY application form 2017
(166.5 kB, PDF)

EY Business Student of the Year 2016


Morgan Archer

This year's EY Business Student of the Year award went to Morgan Archer, a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science conjoint student who was one of seven finalists.

In her speech, Morgan spoke on the importance of businesses embracing the culture and values of socially aware Millennials, who will make up 75% of the workforce in the next decade. 

Morgan strongly urged us not to overlook businesses as "key drives for social change," stating that she "can see businesses making a difference in the future."

Read more about the EY Business Student of the Year.

EY Business Student of the Year 2015 - Elizabeth Vincent

EY Business Student of the Year 2014 - Ben Reynolds

EY Business Student of the Year 2013 - Devi Malhotra

EY Business Student of the Year 2012 - Meili Han

EY Business Student of the Year 2011 - Jessie Lin

Contact us

For more information, please contact:                     

Olivia Flack
Student Development Adviser
The University of Auckland Business School
Phone: +64 9 923 8233
Email: o.flack@auckland.ac.nz