The competition is now open for submissions and we have extended the deadline until 30 June 2020. Entries must be submitted via the submission form linked below.

About the Competition

The IBE Student Essay Competition celebrates the best student writing and thinking on business ethics. All the information you need to know about the competition can be found below:

  • Prizes are awarded in two categories – Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Submissions should be 2,500 words (±10%) excluding all supplementary materials (appendices and bibliographies)
  • You choose the topic that you want to write about
  • A focus on current topics in business ethics is encouraged, and rewarded through the judging process.

For inspiration on what to write about, take a look at the Knowledge Hub.

For more information download the Competition Leaflet.


Why should I enter?

Professional development
  • Shortlisted and winning essays, marked by a panel of industry and academic professionals enhances any student CV
  • Authors of winning essays will be invited to present their essay to industry experts at an awards ceremony in London
  • The awards ceremony also provides an excellent opportunity to network with senior industry practictioners
Prize fund
  • £1,000 prize fund is available for the winners of each category
Recognition for your institution
  • In recognition of the teaching and support that Universities provide, winning institutions will also be presented with a certificate at the awards ceremony

Who can enter the competition?

  • Submissions can be made by individuals or groups
  • Any student studying a qualification accredited by a recognised higher education institute in the UK (including internation students on exchange / placement programmes and those on distance learning courses)
  • Submissions must be from current students (yet to graduate on date of submission) on undergraduate or master's programmes (including MBA's) - those studying for a doctorate are not eligible to enter the competition
  • Students must submit essays themselves (tutors cannot submitt essays on behalf of their students)

How to enter

Previous Winning Essays

Undergraduate category





2019 Joel Christoph


Ethics and Workplace Automation


Nathalie Becker

St Andrews

Corporations in the 'Postnational Constellation': applying a post-colonial lens to Corporate Social Responsibility practices in a global order


David Kerr

Birbeck College, University of London

Tax Avoidance: the ethical question for business


Eleanor Weston

University of Brighton

Should the NHS be Free to Every Citizen Regardless of Health Choices?

Postgraduate category





2019 Ysabel Dela Rosa

University of Bath

The introduction of ‘voluntary’ microchip technology in the workplace: An innovative solution or invasion of privacy?


Firoza Dodhi

UCL Faculty of Laws

Exploring the Ethical Issues of Innovation in Legal Services


Charles Sherwood

London School of Economics

Doing the Right Thing: business ethics, moral indeterminacy and existentialism


Jonathan Webb

Queen Mary, University of London

Supply Chain Corruption: a business ethics blind spot