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 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

Judging 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 prizes

The winner will receive:

  1. $1,000 prize money
  2. Photo and brief bio on the Business School's "Best in Business" display
  3. A certificate

All finalists will get the chance to meet with some of EY’s partners at their offices.

There will also be an EY People's Choice Award, $200 voucher.

Important dates

Applications open

Information session will be 12pm Tuesday 17 April 2018

Applications close: 12pm Thursday 19 April 2018

EY Business Student of the Year final: Thursday 3 May 2018

EY Business Student of the Year 2017

Kanika Solanki, EY, University of Auckland, Business School, student of the year,

Kanika Solanki

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

In her speech, Kanika spoke on how business will change the future and shared her thoughts about the world’s leading companies are thriving yet the prosperity they generate is only being shared by a few.

Kanika spoke about business needing to play a vital role in promoting the ideals of shared prosperity and “With the rise of socially aware consumers, businesses must become a more human version of themselves. To push them in this direction we need recognition. Recognition from governments, consumers and society as a whole.”

Read more about the EY Business Student of the Year 2017.

EY Business Student of the Year 2016 - Morgan Archer

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