The University relies on a number of suppliers to provide a wide range of goods and services. These goods and services contribute to the University being able to conduct a variety of activities throughout the Academic Schools and University Services.
The impacts if a supplier was unable to meet their commitments to the University will vary considerably, based on a number of factors including:
Based on these factors (and any continuity arrangements that are currently in place) each Academic School and University Service should be able to identify who their key suppliers are, and the potential impact of each of these suppliers not being able to fulfill their obligations. Strategies should be identified in order to mitigate these impacts as part of each Academic School and University Service area Business Continuity Planning.
These strategies will likely fall into the categories of maintain the status quo or increase resilience.
If the above measures prove impractical, then consideration should be given to seeking an alternative, more resilient supplier. This will depend on any contractual obligations that are in place with the existing supplier, and whether a more resilient (and viable) alternative supplier exists. When this is the case, the more resilient supplier may be a more expensive option, however this should be weighed against the potential impact of a supply disruption.
For further guidance on resilience within the supply chain, please contact the Procurement Office.