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Ethics case study competition 

Case study examples Competition guidelines

Introducing the challenge...

CFA UK is committed to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within its membership and the wider industry.

To achieve this it is vital to engage with members, allowing them to share their experiences of, and insights into, issues faced in professional contexts. Exploration of fact patterns will help our members to appreciate that ethical issues are rarely clear cut and that determining appropriate behaviour often requires careful consideration of competing concerns. To further our work in this area, we are pleased to invite members to take part in our Case Study Competition. The case studies submitted will explore ethical aspects of our members professional experiences. The Competition will facilitate education and discussion, increasing the awareness in our community of ethical issues.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all members of CFA UK and CFA Institutes. There will be two prizes awarded: one general prize, and one specifically for a first-year CFA Charterholder.

The Brief

  • Entries can be hypothetical or factual, or  combination of both. We suspect that the best entries will involve elements of real-life experience (just as the best writers tend to draw on their own experience). In no cases should the original names of any persons or firms be used in your case study (see Case Study Contents).
  • Case studies should be structured in two parts: Scenario & Discussion
    The Scenario should set out the pertinent facts of the case. 
    The Discussion should highlight the key ethical concerns raised.
    Both sections should draw reference to:
  • the behaviour of characters;
  • the motivations of the individuals involved;
  • the role of the firm and colleagues; and
  • the consequences of the action taken.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for case studies, but submissions will be considered based on the clarity of structure and presentation of a concise narrative

How to enter

Case Study Contents

  • Please ensure that your case study does not disclose any confidential information.
  • If the competition entry is based on real-life case, do not include any details that (directly or indirectly) may identify any persons, organisations or other stakeholders
    involved in the original case.
  • If you draw from publicly available material - eg: a regulatory notice such as an FCA Final Notice - this should be mentioned in a brief acknowledgement at the top of your Case Study. 
  • Please read and ensure your entry complies with the competition terms and conditions.

Judging and prize-giving

  • Entries will be blind-judged (names removed) by a panel of judges selected by CFA UK Ethics Committee and the Chief Executive of CFA UK.
  • The successful entrants will be announced in early October
  • Winners will:
        1. receive a £500 prize (or we can donate the prize to a charity of your choosing).
        2. be invited to CFA UK's Annual Dinner on 18 October
  • In addition to the winners, a list of honourable mentions will be compiled (should the judges consider there to appropriate high-quality submissions).

Case Study Anonymity

Wherever possible we will try to publish, or otherwise employ in our educational efforts, strong entries from the competition. Competitors will be able to elect to either have, or not to have, their names associated with a case study made publicly available or otherwise employed in our efforts.

Terms and conditions 

See full terms and conditions and guidelines for entry for CFA UK Ethics Case Study Competition.