The School has formally opened the John Watkins Plaza. Mickey Watkins, John Watkins' widow, was guest of honour at the opening ceremony on Tuesday 24 June.
The Plaza is a manifestation of one of LSE's key aspirations, that of matching quality of environment with quality of teaching and research. The new square outside LSE's library has been transformed from a tarmac area into a pleasant seating and meeting square for students, staff and visitors alike.
In addition, there is also the new Plaza cafe, serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks and Fairtrade coffee. This is run by the School's catering services, with plans for evening and weekend opening from autumn 2003.
The plaza is named after Professor of Philosophy John Watkins, who taught at LSE from 1950 to 1989 and was then an Emeritus Professor until his death in 1999. Professor Watkins was a major philosopher with a wide international reputation who, over a 40 year academic career, made key contributions to LSE and the wider academic world.
Funding for the Plaza was given by an anonymous donor in support of the School's Campaign for LSE.
25 June 2003