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Programme Management

The aim of the University's business continuity programme is to ensure that critical functions / assets at the University are recovered, in the event of a major disruption, before their non-performance threatens the long term survival of part, or all, of the University. Our strategy to enable this is to make sure the right framework is in place to:

  • Protect our people, systems and infrastructure
  • Identify and mitigate the risks, to an acceptable level, to the University’s operations
  • Manage any disruption to minimise the effects both on the University and our stakeholders.

The University’s Business Continuity Policy details the principles and core responsibilities for business continuity planning. The University’s approach is based on BS25999-1:2006, the code of practice for business continuity management. It follows the Business Continuity Lifecycle which is shown by the diagram on the right:

Details of each of the six stages of the process are shown in the approriate sections of this website, with information on how each phase is being implemented.

The initial focus will be on three core scenarios which could impact academic or management functions; others may be added when work on these is complete:

  • Temporary or long term absence of staff
  • Access to part or all of any of the University’s buildings is denied
  • Critical assets (such as IT systems and / or other equipment) are inaccessible or destroyed.

The process is cyclical, as shown by the diagram above, so the scope of the programme will shift to include changes and improvements with each cycle.

Emergency contact details

If you believe that an incident is developing which involves the University, its staff or students, call Security Services:

0118 378 6300