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SU Weekly Email 36 – 14th May 2020

Weekly Email

Last Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email this semester from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you all summer so keep in touch. Our term is slowly coming to an end but we are grateful for all the memories we have made along the way. We’ve have an incredible year meeting you all, running campaigns and events and trying to better your student experience here in NUI Galway. We want to thank you for all your continuous engagement and making the year unforgettable. We’ll always remember our time in the Students’ Union and look back on the unbelievable experience we had. We want to wish you the absolute best of luck in the remainder of your studies and hope you get to enjoy the summer holidays in some way. If you ever see us around, don’t hesitate to stop us for a chat. All the best from Clare, Brandon, Cameron and all your SU Team 2019/2020!


SU Annual Report

Please find below our SU Annual Report for 2019/20


Exams & Academic Year 2020/2021

Here’s some updates from SU Education Officer Cameron to recent student queries:

When will repeat exams take place?

Repeat exams will take place from 10th-21st Aug and these will also take the form of online or remote assessments. However, if possible and Government guidelines allowing, facilities may be made available to students who cannot complete remote assessments.

Will these exams be capped?

All repeat examinations will be uncapped this year and we are awaiting confirmation about the repeat fee.

When will results be issued?

Undergraduate results will be released 3rd-10th July

Postgraduate results will be released from 17th July (full programme results will be issued after thesis submission)

Why can’t we start like usual in September?

With the moving of exam results, repeat exams and the need for online teaching for large lectures more time is needed to ensure:

  • sufficient time for these processes to take place
  • sufficient time for the digitizing of large material for different courses

Why can’t we have exams before Christmas?

Each semester is 12 weeks long to ensure you have enough time to engage in your academic work and meet the learning outcomes of each module, this is key to the integrity of your degree. This means that starting on 28th Sept, in order to have a 12 week semester, your semester 1 finish date is 18th Dec. This does not leave sufficient time for exams before Christmas.

When are Semester 1 2020/2021 exams?

Semester 1 exams for 2020/2021 will start 11th Jan and finish 22nd Jan 2021, it is still unclear if these will be in person or online and they will be subject to government and health guidelines.

Why can’t we start Semester 2 directly after exams?

Semester 2 2021 starts 8th Feb, 2 weeks after the end of Semester 1 exams. This is to allow for a number of things:

  • Teaching for 1st years does not end until 29th Jan
  • Exams will need to be graded and marked, academics will need time to do this
  • The alignment of teaching for all undergraduate years in Semester 2

When will Semester 2 exam start?

Semester 2 exams 2021 will run from 18th May 18th to 4th June. This will allow for results to be released sometime in July 2021.

I am a PhD student (returning), what do these dates mean for me?

Social distancing regulations are being looked at to get PG students back onto campus and into their research programmes. They are advised to contact their supervisor to ensure they communicate a plan together for this.

I am a PhD Student (new), what do these dates mean for me?

You are advised to contact your supervisor and commence a plan for your start date and programme.


Lockers Update

Due to the current Government restrictions in place we have decided to extend the lease term for all lockers. Once restrictions have been eased and the University re-opens buildings, all students will be given time to clear their lockers. All contents of lockers are safe. We will update all students once we have more information.


Have Questions?

If you have any questions you will find a lot of information and updates HERE at the University’s FAQ page.

If you still need advice contact: SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer Brandon on or SU VP/Education Officer Cameron on or SU President Clare on


Student Achievement Awards Online – Book Your Space

The Student Achievement Awards, now in its seventh year, is the annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognize the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. NUI Galway Students‘ Union has been shortlisted in 8 categories this year! The awards will take place online via Zoom from 6pm on Weds 27th of May. You can register for your free ticket here.


SUSI Grant Priority Closing Dates

The priority closing dates for 20/21 are:

  • Renewal Applications – Thurs 11th June
  • New Applications – Thurs 9th July


Webinar 6pm Today

The third Living and Learning Empathy in Covid-19 webinar will take place at 6pm today on the NUI Galway Facebook page. Theme: “Ubuntu is to say, ‘My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.” – Desmond Tutu. South African students who are part of MAD Leadership Foundation will share their stories of the challenges they face during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the spirit of Ubuntu seems to be even stronger during times like these.


Make Summer 2020 Your Gaisce Summer!

If you would like to set a goal for this summer, why not consider achieving the Bronze, Silver or Gold Gaisce Award from the President of Ireland? Spend one hour a week on a physical activity, practicing a skill, volunteering, and reflecting on your goals. Achieving Ireland’s national award medal by the end of the summer is a great opportunity! To learn more visit the Instagram page or contact ALIVE at to be assigned an NUI Galway Gaisce PAL.


Student Insta Competition Deadline Tomorrow!

The Irish Universities Association’s #IUADigEd project want to hear about learning online at an Irish university during COVID19! The 3 best videos will win a €100 One4All Voucher each!To be in with a chance of winning:

  • Post a short video on your Instagram account (2 mins) about your experience of online learning during COVID-19 using #HEinIsolation
  • Tag @edtl.iua and @nuigalway
  • You must be following @edtl.iua
  • Closing Date Fri 15th May

By the end of the video we should know who you are, what you study and your experience of learning and assessment online! Are you helping lecturers with their technology? Is working from home difficult for you? What would be some useful feedback for lecturers on how to teach students online?


Stress Control

Take Control with Stress Control – FREE online classes to help you manage stress. Visit for more info


UN Youth Delegate Applications Open

Applications are open until 28th May for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme 2020-2021. This programme is an amazing opportunity that will see two young people aged 18-25 join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations, and give voice to issues concerning young people in Ireland and around the globe. More info here.


Join the European Youth Event Online

The European Youth Event (EYE2020) has moved online with different activities organised in digital formats, where young people from all over the EU and beyond meet virtually, share their stories and exchange their views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers. You can find out more about the event and programme here.

Upcoming events include:

  • Tues 19 May: The future of farming in Europe post Covid-19, which will be an interactive session linked to agriculture with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice-President, and Breda Larkin, Irish farmer and activist.
  • Thurs 28 May: Live discussion on Climate emergency with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice-President, and Alex McLaughlin, Researcher and teaching fellow at University of Reading.
  • Thurs 28 May: Live session by Eurofound on results from European survey on ‘Living, working and COVID-19’.



35% of food in the world relies heavily on bee pollination and Enactus NUIG aims to contribute to saving the 33% of Irish bees facing extinction through selling flower boxes made from old pallets, and using the funds to plant wildflower areas and run workshops in primary schools. Survey link



E-code is a project that aims to reduce waste on campus through the use of QR codes that allow people to easily learn how to recycle. We want people to Like our Facebook page where they will learn more about the importance of recycling and answer our survey which helps us improve our impact on Recycling rates.


Irish National Digital Experience Survey Results

Big thanks to everyone who completed the INDEX Survey earlier this year. You can now view the survey findings here.


Galway Community Circus present MAYHEM

Galway Community Circus will be holding their first ever online festival MAYHEM 22nd-24th of May. More details on their Facebook page with lots of ways to get involved


Galway Film Fleadh

Galway Film Fleadh will be running an online festival from the 7th of July and the deadline for Short Film Submissions has been extended to Fri 22nd May.


Fancy a free trip to the theatre?

You can now watch 3 Druid Theatre productions online:

  • The Playboy of the Western World
  • Riders to the Sea
  • The Shadow of the Glen


COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions you may have.

Summer in Galway 2019

News & Events

Here’s just some of what’s on in Galway this Summer:

Galway Theatre Festival Fri 3rd – Sat 11th May 2019

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Sat 11th May 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 12th May 2019

Banff Mountain Film Festival Mon 13th May 2019

Colours Festival Weds 15th – Mon 20th May 2019

Oranmore Arts Festival Thurs 16th – Sun 19th May 2019

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 24th – Sun 26th May 2019

Galway Africa Day Sat 25th May 2019

Conamara Bog Week Tues 28th May – Mon 3rd June 2019

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 31st – Mon 3rd June 2019

Galway African Film Festival Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June 2019

Fives for Lives Tag Rugby & Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 1st June 2019

West End Summer Street Festival Mon 3rd June 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th June 2019

Mojo Fest Thurs 6th – Sat 8th June 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 9th June 2019

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 9th June 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 7pm Mon 17th & Mon 24th June 2019

Galway Ukulele Festival Fri 21st – Sun 23rd June 2019

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 29th June 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 7pm Mon 1st, Mon 8th, Mon 15th, Mon 22nd & Mon 29th July 2019

Give Blood in Galway Tues 2nd, Weds 3rd, Thurs 4th, Sun 7th, Tues 9th, Weds 10th & Thurs 11th July 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Galway International Food & Craft Festival Fri 5th – Sun 7th July 2019

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 9th – Sun 14th July 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 14th July 2019

Galway Fringe Festival Mon 15th – Sun 28th July 2019

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 15th – Sun 28th July 2019

Galway Summer Drama Festival Sat 20th – Sat 27th July 2019

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 29th July- Sun 4th August 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 7th August 2019

Galway Pride Festival Mon 12th – Sun 18th August 2019

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Sat 10th August 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 11th Aug 2019

Give Blood in Galway 5pm-8.30pm Weds 21st or Thurs 22nd Aug 2019 in Clayton Hotel

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August 2019

Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2019/20. Start your countdown!

Summer in Galway 2018

News & Events

What’s on in Galway this Summer:

Galway Theatre Festival Fri 4th – Sat 12th May 2018

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 12th May 2018

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 16th May 2018

Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018

Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 25th – Sun 27th May 2018

Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Sat 26th – Sun 27th May 2018

Conamara Bog Week Tues 29th May – Mon 4th June 2018

West End Summer Food Festival Thurs 31st May – Mon 4th June 2018

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 1st – Mon 4th June 2018

Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 2nd June 2018

Give Blood in Galway Tues 5th, Weds 6th and Thurs 7th June 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 6th June 2018

Galway African Film Festival Sat 9th & Sun 10th June 2018

Galway Bike Week Sat 9th – Sun 17th June 2018

Street Feast Sunday 10th June 2018

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 10th June 2018

Galway Simon Community Dip at Dawn 4.55am-6am Thursday 21st June 2018

Seafest Fri 29th June – Sun 1st July 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 4th July 2018

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 7th July 2018

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 10th – Sun 15th July 2018

Galway Fringe Festival Sun 15th – Sun 29th July 2018

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 16th – Sun 29th July 2018

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 30th July- Sun 5th August 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 1st August 2018

Galway Pride Festival Mon 13th – Sun 19th August 2018

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Sat 11th August 2018

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Sat 11th and Sun 12th August 2018

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August 2018

Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2018/19. Start your countdown!


Summer in Galway 2017

News & Events

What’s on in Galway this Summer:

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 6th May 2017

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 10th May 2017

Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 12th – Sun 14th May 2017

Reel Lives Film Festival Weds 17th-Fri 19th May 2017

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 19th – Sun 21st May 2017

Friends of Merlin Woods Biodiversity Week Mon 22nd – Sun 28th May 2017

Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Weds 24th – Sun 28th May 2017

Forest Days Galway Fri 26th – Sun 4th June 2017

Shantalla Festival Weekend Fri 26th – Sun 28th May 2017

Galway African Film Festival Fri 26th-Sun 28th May 2017

Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 26th – Sun 28th May 2017

Conamara Bog Week Sun 28th May – Mon 5th June 2017

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 2nd – Mon 5th June 2017

Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 3rd June 2017

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 7th June 2017

Galway Bike Week Sat 10th – Sun 18th June 2017

Cong-Galway Sailing Race Saturday 10th June 2017

Street Feast Sunday 11th June 2017

Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge Fri 16th-Sun 18th June 2017

Longest Day Swim Sat 17th June 2017

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 18th June 2017

Dip in the Nip for Charity Sunday 18th June 2017

Give Blood in Galway 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th & 29th June 2017

Purefit Spinathon in aid of Let’s Get Galway Talking 7pm-9pm Monday 26th June 2017

Seafest Fri 30th June – Sun 2nd July 2017

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th July 2017

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 11th – Sun 16th July 2017

Westside Arts Festival Tues 11th – Sat 15th July 2017

Give Blood in Galway 11th, 12th & 13th July 2017

Galway Fringe Festival Sat 15th – Sun 30th July 2017

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 15th July 2017

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 17th – Sun 30th July 2017

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 31st July- Sun 6th August 2017

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Galway Pride Festival Fri 11th – Sun 20th August 2017

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Saturday 12th August 2017

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Fri 18th – Sun 20th August 2017

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th August 2017

Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVEwebsite for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2017/18. Start your countdown!

Summer in Galway


What’s on in Galway this Summer: 

NUI Galway Sports Forum 10am-1pm Saturday 28th June FREE event! 

Colours Fringe Festival 1st – 8th July 2014

A Place To Be 3rd July 2014 

Galway Film Fleadh 8th – 13th July 2014

Westside Arts Festival 9th – 12th July 2014

Galway Fringe Festival 12th – 28th July 2014

Galway Aquathon Festival 19th July 2014

Galway International Arts Festival 14th – 27th July 2014

Galway Tech Meet-Up with Paul Kenny CEO of Cobone/Triperna 8pm-10pm Thursday 24th July in the College Bar NUI Galway FREE Event! 

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 28th July- Sunday 3rd August 2014

SU Beginners/Improvers & Intermediate 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 31st July – Thursday 18th September. Just €40! Sign up in the SU Office NOW – places limited. 

Visit an OPW Heritage Site for FREE Weds 6th August 2014

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara 8th – 10th August 2014

Streets of Galway 8k Race 9th August 2014

Galway Community Pride Festival Mon 18th – Sunday 24th August 2014

Galway Heritage Week 23rd– 31st August 2014

Lots of these festivals need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand! 

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE website for volunteering opportunities. 

Stay tuned to all the Galway Festival action on Galway Festival Radio 101.3 FM 

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2014/15. Start your countdown! 

SU Weekly Email 8th May 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of the year from your Students’ Union.

Exam Results/Repeats

  1. Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 Undergraduate exams will be released between 10th and 20th June 2014. 
    Important: No official results will be released for Semester 1 exams for Undergraduates until June 2014. 
  2. Official results for all other Postgraduate courses considered at Summer Exam Boards (Semester 1 and Semester 2 exams) will be released on 27th June 2014.

$13.       Autumn exams are scheduled for Tuesday, 5th August to Friday, 15th August 2014 (inclusive).

SUSI Grant Applications now OPEN for 2014/15 Academic Year

New Applicants Apply Online Here.

Facebook competition – Win a Phone

Need a new phone? As it’s the end of the year and everyone is older and wiser we want to hear what piece of advice you would give the 2014/15 First Years who will be starting in September. Our favourite piece of advice wins a Blackberry 9720 Touch Screen Phone thanks to O2 HEAnet Broadband and Campus.iePut your nugget of advice in the comments below the photo on our Facebook Pageand we will pick a winner on Friday!


Locker Clear Out Deadline Friday 16th May

We know you have become attached to them and they feel like a home away from home BUT all lockers need to be emptied by 5pm on Friday 16th of May. Items not removed will be disposed of. You can drop your key (just the key leave the lock on the locker please!) up to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday – Friday 10am-5pm.  

Summer Holiday Arrangements

Please note that the SU Cloakroom and the SU Engineering Desk are closing tomorrow, Friday 9th of May for the summer holidays. They will reopen in September.

The Students’ Union office and outlets will remain open during the summer with reduced hours from the last week of May onwards. The Student Health Unit will still see Undergraduate students until Friday 30th of May. During the summer they will only see Postgraduate students Monday-Friday 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm with limited staff numbers. Further summer holiday arrangements can be found on our website.


International Student Identity Cards

Heading away somewhere sunny and exciting this summer? Don’t forget to pick up your ISIC Card from the SU Office. ISIC is your international Student ID card. It offers 126,000 student discounts in 130 countries, is endorsed by the UN and is just €15! ISIC

NUI Galway Students’ Union 50th Anniversary Reunion: Saturday 7th June 2014

All past and present NUI Galway Students’ Union officers, staff, journalists, colleagues and friends are invited to join with us to celebrate as the Union turns 50. 

The reunion is taking place in the College Bar, NUI Galway from 7pm onwards on Saturday 7th June 2014. Tickets are €15 – price includes BBQ, dessert, refreshments, entertainment and lots of surprises along the way. 

If you would be interested in contributing to our special 50th anniversary publication for the event – with photos or words – please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ieASAP! 

Please feel free to bring guests and spread the word! 


The 10 Minute Cycle Challenge runs from the 7th – 27th May and we are looking for NUI Galway teams to participate!

Get together with friends and colleagues to form a team of 3-6 people and try to clock up as many trips on a bicycle as possible, each journey must be at least 10 minutes long to count.

To keep the Challenge competitive each team must have a ‘new cyclist’ (someone who hasn’t cycled in the past six months). If a team doesn’t have a new cyclist they can still take part but won’t be eligible for prizes.

To register your team visit

Or for additional information contact


May’s Student Health 101 is now available!

So why should you read Student Health 101, the NUI Galway online health and wellness magazine at ?

First, you can enter the May draw for €700 for checking out the May issue.

Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101:

Stay Focused Anywhere: How to overcome study distractions

What’s Next? Conquering your fear of the future

You Snooze, You Win: How sleep helps you retain memory

Impress Your Interviewer: Tips for tackling tough questions

The Body as a Canvas: Choosing if body art is right for you

Wealthy or Healthy? Which would you rather be? Please share in this week’s poll!

Survey on Female College Students Breast Health Knowledge

My name is Mairead Moynagh and I am a Master’s in Health Promotion Student here in NUI Galway. I am looking for female participants to take part in my questionnaire for my thesis. The questionnaire is called “An investigation into female college students breast health knowledge, attitudes and determinants of screening practices.” It should take no longer than 7 minutes. The study will investigate female students in NUI Galway, attitudes, knowledge and what determines their choice of breast health screening. Survey Link.

The Galway African Film Festival 23rd-25th May FREE Event on Campus

Filmgoers will be able to see some of best of contemporary film from the African continent.  Come and see films like ‘Rags and Tatters’ which offers an intriguing perspective on the Egyptian Arab Spring and opportunity to see twilight alleyways of an Egypt rarely seen on film. The award winning ‘Mother of George’ which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival touches on attitude toward and silence around fertility issues.  Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave) can be seen in the powerful Nigerian drama ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ which tells a stories of Olanna and Kainene, glamorous twins and their complicated lives caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war. This wonderful weekend of cinema, now in its 7th year, will be hosted in the heart of the city by the Huston Film School in NUI Galway and is assisted by Galway City Council.  For more information on listings and times see

Festival Volunteering

If you are around Galway for the summer and fancy volunteering with the great festivals taking place here’s information on how to get involved:

Galway Film Fleadh 8th-13th July

Galway Arts Festival 14th-27th July

Darkness Into Light Saturday 10th May

Registrations are now open for the Galway and Tuam Darkness Into Light walks which take place at 4.15am on Saturday, May 10. All funds raised go to suicide prevention charity Pieta House, which opened its first West of Ireland facility in Tuam last December. There is a special student registration rate of €15 Register here.You can also sign up this weekend at their pop-up shop in the Eyre Square Centre.

Dates for your diary 2014/15

Mon 8th Sept

Teaching Begins

Thurs 16th Oct – Fri 24th Oct

Conferring Week

Sat 29th Nov

Teaching Ends

Mon 1st Dec – Sat 6th Dec

Study Week 1

Mon 8th Dec – Fri 19th Dec


Sat 20th Dec – Sun 11th Jan

Christmas Holidays


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebookand Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm(reduced hours during the summer time)

Thank You!

We would just like to thank everyone for a great year and remember that the current SU Officersare still working for you until the 30th of June. The newly elected Officerswill take up office on the 1st of July. We hope you all have a great summer.