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Message to current and prospective students regarding the conflict in Iraq

Given the current conflict in the Gulf, a number of students have asked how this might affect their studies at LSE. At this time of heightened tension in the international community, and in light of recent events in Iraq, I would like to take this opportunity to reassure both current and prospective students and their parents that LSE remains a tolerant, inclusive and safe place to live and study. There is currently no reason why students should feel unable to return to the School to resume their studies at the beginning of the summer term.

Few other institutions are as diverse and cosmopolitan as LSE. With over 150 different nationalities represented in our student body we are proud of the vibrant and stimulating atmosphere our dedication to open intellectual debate engenders. The whole School community gains from this approach and it is something myself and my colleagues are actively working to sustain at this time.

Nevertheless, those with concerns or anxieties of any kind are invited to contact any of the following support services:

Deans' Office: + 44 (0) 20 7955 7574
Chaplaincy: +44 (0) 20 7405 7686
Student Counselling Service: +44 (0) 20 7955 7016
Students' Union Advice Centre: +44 (0) 20 7955 6709

We are in regular contact with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, and neither London's Metropolitan Police nor Westminster City Council have any intelligence to indicate a specific threat anywhere in the UK. Furthermore, they suggest that the School itself is very unlikely to be the specific target of any attack. If the situation does change we will provide further advice through the website.

LSE remains committed to welcoming the very best students from around the world and to educating them to make a positive difference to the world we live in.

Anthony Giddens
Director, LSE

4 April 2003