Disruptions occur. They can take many different forms and can have any number of impacts ranging from negligible to catastrophic. Over the last few years, there have been numerous examples of disruptions affecting the UK including the volcanic ash cloud, severe weather, IT issues (some malicious), pandemic illness, social unrest and the financial crisis. These disruptions, combined with localised incidents such as fires, floods and utility failures suggest that it is not a case of if an organisation will be affected by a disruption, but when.
Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a process that allows an organisation to put measures in place to reduce the likelihood of a disruption occurring in the first place, and/or the impact a disruption would have if it was to occur. This increases resilience within the organisation, placing it in a stronger position to continue its key activities in the event of a disruption, albeit perhaps at reduced levels.
Within the University, work is being carried out with each Academic School and Service Area, in order to identify activities for which continuity arrangements are required. These arrangements will document what needs to be done in order to reinstate each activity to an acceptable level within an acceptable timescale, should a disruption occur.
The Head of SESC is available to provide guidance and assistance; however, each School and Service Area is responsible for its own continuity.