The London bomb blasts of 7 July 2005 are a tragedy, not only for the victims, their families and friends, but also because they remind us of how acts of deplorable terrorism can potentially affect us all, wherever we live, whatever we do.
As far as we are aware, no members of the LSE community - students or staff - have been injured in the attacks, though inevitably there has been considerable short-term disruption to the work of the School.
I would like to express my thanks to all staff and students who helped to cope with the exceptional problems and pressures of 7 July. Students and staff offered rooms for the night to others on campus who had problems getting home. The day the blasts hit, 78 London teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were on a week-long AimHigher-ESF programme at LSE. Student recruitment staff contacted all their parents, and 32 who could not get home were given emergency overnight accommodation in LSE's Bankside hall of residence, with five staff staying overnight as well to ensure their safety and well-being.
We also have around 1,200 Summer School students on campus at present, from many different countries. Thank you to these students for your calmness and patience, and for reassuring your parents and friends that - despite the tragic events of 7 July - you are carrying on with your Summer School programme. From Monday 11 July it will be business as usual at LSE and we continue to offer the wide range of academic and social activities that are part of our annual programme.
The fundamental purpose of LSE is to increase understanding of a complex and ever-changing world, and our staff are actively engaged in the global debate on the reasons for, and effects of, acts of terrorism. Professor Conor Gearty, director of our Human Rights programme, has said: 'Britain has suffered severe levels of subversive violence in the past and come through unscathed. It will take more than irrational anger of weak killers to disconcert the tolerant, diverse, hard-working, multi-cultural community that makes London not only an Olympic city but also the greatest urban metropolis on earth.'
On Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July we celebrate our annual presentation ceremonies. Almost 2,000 graduating students will cross the stage and be applauded for their academic achievements. Around 4,000 people, their families and friends, are making the journey to London to support and congratulate them.
LSE is responding in the best way it can to the 7 July atrocities, by pursuing the careful, rational analysis of the social, economic and political forces that structure modern life. The Houghton Street campus is fully open, and we continue to welcome students, staff, visitors and alumni from around the world.
Professor Paul Johnson
8 July 2005