On Campus

Cambridge hires students to babysit drunk peers

Program to be funded through fines paid by students who drink too much

St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge is hiring students to look after their peers who have had too much to drink during end of year celebrations. The College, which is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year, is hiring the  “volunteer carers” in anticipation of its annual May Ball. The volunteers are being trained by the school nurse and will be paid up to £100 an evening. When a student appears excessively intoxicated, College staff will notify the carers who will come look after them. “The risk of harm to them in that state is serious enough to make the College put clear procedures in place to ensure that they are properly cared for,” a spokesman for St. John’s said. The program will be funded through fines levied against students requiring care.

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.