What is the Ents Crew?
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 would love you to get involved.
What do you do?
Essentially, we help two groups with events. The first is the Director of Events and Services. It's their job to put on the Union's own events - like the Freshers' Week lineup. They tell us what they want or come to us for ideas, and we make them happen. This certainly includes technical elements – lighting, sound engineering, and projections, but we also cover DJing and 'enspanglement' - a bop theme takes more than just lights. Inflatable fish; 1200ft of ribbon; 3000 balloons, 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 "Sinners", 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 may need Ents support for, check out our 'How to book an event' page.
I'm a Fresher - how do I get involved?
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. 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 have regular training sessions in lighting, sound engineering and DJ. To sign up for the sessions you just need to attend our Wednesday meetings. You can also e-mail ents@ if you're interested and we can arrange the best way for you to get involved too
What's the commitment?
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 aiming to get our degrees, so we like to have a laugh and enjoy ourselves while putting together events.
How do I find you?
If you have any questions, just e-mail us on ents@ Or of course, find us on facebook. We have crew meetings every Wednesday, 5pm in the Meeting Room (first floor of the Union). They're open to everyone, and we run through what events are coming up that week. You just say which you'd like to help at.
If you're putting on event, then you'll need to come to our ‘Users’ meeting, Wednesday at 1pm in the Meeting Room (first floor of the Union). 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.