A message from Emeritus President & Provost Sir Malcolm Grant on the recent New Zealand tragedy
Everyone at UCL was greatly saddened to hear about the attack on two mosques in Christchurch with the needless loss of so many lives.
We would like to extend our thoughts on behalf of the entire UCL community all our New Zealand alumni who have been affected by this tragedy.
Our Emeritus President & Provost, Sir Malcolm Grant, is a New Zealander and has been in the country for the past few weeks. He writes:
“There is a sense of deep shock and grief across the whole NZ community at this barbaric act. Some claim it is the end of the age of innocence for New Zealand. That is wrong. I’m convinced that those extraordinary values of tolerance, of trust, and of open-handedness for which NZ is renowned, will continue and must deepen. They are evidenced in the way the whole community here has been drawn together in response to the outrage. We must resist them becoming contaminated by the fear, suspicion and intrusive security measures now experienced across much of the rest of the world as a consequence of terrorism. NZ is a unique and resilient nation of which we are privileged to be part.”
Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this tragic event.