Office of the University Secretary

Business continuity (BCM)

Business Continuity is defined as "a holistic management process that identifies potential impact that threaten an organisation and provides a frame work for building resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interest of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities".

Or more simply: a necessary and important management process that helps keep an organisation going, even in the most trying of times.

If an incident becomes serious, for example a physical incident like a fire or explosion; or reputation damaging incident like extremely adverse publicity which impacts our standing overseas or our UG intake for a given year the BC plan will assist the University to recover quickly and resume close to normal activities as soon as possible.

Business continuity plans act as a toolbox drawing together a number of elements. The key ones include:

  • departmental and University-wide BC plans
  • emergency management plans including contact details and checklists covering a number of emergency scenarios
  • emergency Arrangements for off site University locations such as residences
  • staff personal details including name and address, emergency contact details
  • University floor plans
  • communication arrangements
  • relocation and transport arrangements.

Emergency management plan

The plan provides guidance about how to respond to some kind of incident. It defines the Emergency Management Team, provides guidelines about what to expect from the how to liaise with Emergency Services, includes useful contact details and checklists of responses for different types of emergency. As the BCM plans are developed the Emergency Management Plan will be updated.

Relevant links

Emergency Management Plan (Bath Campus Only)

For further information about Business Continuity please contact Mark Humphriss