The Director of Events and Services (DoES) is in charge of events, commercial services and venue management.
Hello! My name is Tom Groves and I am your Director of Events and Services for 2020/21. As the DoES, I manage the venues, commercial spaces, and entertainment schedule for the building. If you have any questions or queries regarding events or bookings please get in touch – I'd love to hear from you!
Primarily, I work on the entertainment schedule within the building – from our Freshers events in September to our regular weekly events throughout the year. I book acts, organise logistics, and work on decorating and theming the venues (or the whole building) to make sure we can deliver the highest quality events possible.
This year will be very different, but I'm hoping to bring back our weekly events as soon as it's safe to do so. These include Friday night karaoke in Sandy's Bar, pub quizzes with cash prizes, regular club nights, and much more to keep you entertained.
Another part of my role is managing booking of Club 601 and our main bar spaces. If you’d like to look into hiring one of these spaces please fill out a booking form on the above link or if you'd like more information please email me at does@.
My role with commercial services is to work alongside our commercial manager to plan strategy and act as an advocate to ensure they continue to be both what students want and can afford. This includes our new bar drinks deals, drinks promotions, food promotions and so on. As part of this I also work to offer the students perspective on Rector’s Café and Your Shop.
Students are at the heart of everything we do. The groups of students I work most closely with are my subcommittees, who have roles that work directly within the Union for students:
I work very closely with the Ents Crew, a team of volunteer students, upon whom all of our events rely heavily on, from Freshers’ Week to the last dance of the year. They make all of our events look and sound as good as possible, including lighting design, sound engineering, and decoration. They also manage our resident DJs who perform weekly in Main Bar and Club 601.
The Design Team create graphic content for the Union, and can help societies to make posters and logos. They also run a photobooths at events, and run Photoshop help sessions.
STAR: St Andrews Radio is our broadcasting society, and the town's only radio station. It's also the biggest student radio in the UK by number of shows, with live shows from 9am to 2am every day during semester. Any student can apply to host a show. STAR runs The Record, Hearing Aid Magazine, and starTV.
Mermaids is our performing arts fund. Any student can propose a show to Mermaids. They work with Gilbert and Sullivan, A Cappella, Just So, Blind Mirth, Inklight, ComSoc, and Dance Club. The Barron Theatre is their home.
Music is Love aims to promote the local music scene for the benefit of both students and locals. They run regular live music events, and can help other groups with any musical needs.
On The Rocks is the largest student-run arts festival in Scotland, taking place in April each year.
I was elected as a sabbatical officer to help students put on events, and to make sure the Union's services, marketing, and entertainment schedule are the best they can be. Email does@ if you have any questions, and follow my progress at fb.com/Tom4DoES.