Brookes law student wins prestigious business prize

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

ICAEW 100 Esyn Yu

100 top university students from across the UK recently took part in the final of a competition from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to prove they had what it takes to be future business leaders.

The ICAEW 100 competition was open to all UK university students regardless of year or subject studying. Almost 5,000 students from 150 universities entered the competition which saw them take part in a series of online tests closely aligned to the skills demanded of those training for ICAEW’s global accounting qualification, the ACA.

Esyn Yu, an LLB Law student at Oxford Brookes University was one of the 100 selected and took part in the grand final on Friday 17 March at Chartered Accountant’s Hall in London.

She won the Adding Value Award sponsored by UK accountancy firm Mazars.

This award is for the top score in the adding value element of the competition’s behavioural tests. Those scoring highly in this area will have demonstrated the ability to work independently, lead by example, be imaginative and have the ability to find creative solutions to problems. They are committed to learn, grow and develop in an organisation and have the drive to exceed the expectations of others.

On the day of event itself, I remember being so surprised to hear my name announced that I was stunned for a while before getting up to go on stage. I feel truly honoured and am grateful to be a recipient of the award.

Esyn Yu, LLB Law student, Oxford Brookes University

All of the award winners were offered prizes including work experience, insight days and professional mentoring with the supporting organisations – some of the most desirable employers in the UK. 

Esyn Yu was offered a great opportunity by Mazars to shadow a partner or senior member of the firm to gain a real insight into what it is like to be in a top position in a professional services firm.

Speaking about her award, Esyn said: "It was hard to believe, but really brilliant. I entered the competition without thinking I was going to win. Being shortlisted in the top 100 already got me feeling lucky, because the test was different from anything I have ever done, and it adds to the pressure since all participants can only take it once, and I believe there were so many people with minds brighter than mine.

"On the day of event itself I remember being so surprised to hear my name announced that I was stunned for a while before getting up to go on stage. I feel truly honoured and am grateful to be a recipient of the award."

Hilary Lindsay, ICAEW President said: “This has been a unique opportunity to showcase some of the brightest and most dedicated university students from around the UK. I would like to congratulate all prize winners who have demonstrated such a range of talent. I have no doubt that the UK can expect to see a very strong influx of future business leaders from the next generation of graduates.”

For more information about the competition visit  https://icaew100.com

In the recent QS World University Rankings by subject 2017, law is one of 16 subjects Oxford Brookes University has been ranked among the world’s top universities for. Find out more about the School of Law on the website.