A Standard ticket gives access to all areas of the Ball except the alumni area from 9pm. Food, drinks and events are included.
A Queue Jump ticket gives you the right to enter the May Ball at 9pm ahead of standard entry, giving you a head start to the event.
A VIP ticket provides each guest with an exclusive private drinks and canapé reception starting at 8:00, and early entry to the Ball ahead of queue jump.
A certain proportion of tickets of each type are reserved for alumni for a surcharge of 10 pounds, giving access to an exclusive alumni area.
If you are a full Cambridge Bursary student you are entitled to one discounted standard ticket costing £100. For more details please consult the FAQ.
You will be responsible for keeping the Ball clean and tidy. This involves litter-picking, maintaining the bathrooms, and dealing with spillages and breakages.
Assisting the contracted security staff to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests. Includes dealing with potential gate-crashers and matters of health and safety.
Assisting the Ents officers in putting on the best show possible. This involves direct engagement with acts and equipment. You must be well-organised, prepared to respond and adapt quickly to any situation, have a friendly demeanor and be comfortable engaging with our acts.
Responsible for organisation and manning of the cloakroom services at the May Ball. You must be incredibly reliable and organised in order to maintain an effective and efficient cloakroom system for our guests.
You will be required to be flexible in the range of jobs you perform during the Ball as you could be called upon to fulfill any of the roles listed above. You must be adaptable and willing to learn new skills quickly.
The role of Area Supervisor is one of leadership, management and responsibility. You will be responsible for the supervision of all workers in your assigned area of the Ball, including registering workers on and off shifts, instructing workers in your area, and acting as the point of contact between the workers and the Personnel Officers/other Committee members. You must be approachable, proactive, and enthusiastic about leading your team of workers to help make the Ball as enjoyable and safe for our guests as possible.
Your role will involve working with Committee members to clear up after the Ball. You must be flexible and prepared to perform a variety of tasks as directed by the Committee. You will be required to work for no longer than 3 hours.
You will be asked to express a first choice and second choice preference for the roles which you would like to apply for. However, if you are unsuccessful in applying for your prefered roles, your application may be considered for other roles.
The first round of application has now closed. Please keep an eye on the website in case they reopen.
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