The Ents Crew power Union events. We're all students and we're all volunteers - most of us with no previous experience whatsoever. If you thought that an event looked cool, then that was us, and we'd love you to get involved.
For example, check out this link for footage of our Balloon Drop in Freshers' Week 2012. (Then try telling us we're not cool.)
Essentially, we help two groups with events. The first is the Director of Events and Services, Jules. It's his job to put on the Union's own events - like the Freshers' Week lineup. He tells us what he wants or comes to us for ideas, and we make them happen. This certainly includes technical elements - lighting and sound engineering, but we also cover DJing and 'enspanglement' - a bop theme takes more than just lights, but inflatable fish or 1200ft of ribbon (we've been there...)
The second group is students themselves. The bulk of our term schedule is composed of student groups, putting on their own events. It might be a recurring event, like the AU's "Sinner's Sport", or a one-off fundraising event by any of the 150 societies. We help to facilitate all of these groups in putting on the best events possible. If you're a society interested in putting on an event which you might need Ents support for, check out our 'How to put on an event' page.
You don't need to know anything in advance. You might never have even changed a lightbulb, but we'll show you what to do. While we don't expect you to pick up everything in a few hours, but at the same time we won't make you wait long before you get to do something interesting. We held a range of welcoming events around Freshers' Week; e-mail ents@ if you're interested and we can arrange the best way for you to get involved too.
Just because you come and learn how to rig a light, it doesn't mean you're committed to anything. You can always do as much or as little as you want. We're volunteers, and we do Ents because we enjoy it. We're all students with degrees at the end of the day, so we like to have a laugh and enjoy ourselves while putting together events.
If you have any questions, just e-mail us on ents@
Or of course, find us on facebook or twitter.
We have crew meetings every Wednesday, 5pm in the Committee Room (top floor of the Union). They're open to everyone, and we run through what events are coming up that week and you just say which you'd like to help at.
If you're putting on event, then you'll need to come to our Usergroups Meeting, Wednesday at 1pm in Venue 2. We'll help you plan your event. This is so you can tell us what you'd like from us, and we can say what we'll need from you.