Statement following the incident in Woolwich

Date of release: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Statement from Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the University of Greenwich:

“As a member of the local community in Greenwich and Woolwich, the university is deeply shocked by the events at the Barracks in Woolwich. We extend our sympathies to the victim’s family, friends and army colleagues. Our thoughts are with them. 

The university takes its responsibilities very seriously in terms of preventing extremism. We are committed to ensuring that the university is a safe and secure place of study and debate within the confines of the law.  We have diverse communities on campus and these include a range of different faiths.

Our records show that a Michael Adebolajo was registered in academic years 2003/2004 and 2004/2005. His academic progress was unsatisfactory and he was not permitted to complete his studies here.

We have no records relating to the other name reported in the media in connection with the Woolwich incident.

Given the seriousness of issues raised, the university is setting up an investigation into the association of these two individuals with the university, to assess whether there is any evidence of extremism in the university (past or present) and whether we need to update our policies and practices.

The terms of reference, membership and timescale of the investigating panel will be announced and its findings will be published. It is anticipated that external, independent members will play a key role."