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17 Mar 2014

Keep calm and carry on!

The University is encouraging employees to consider what they would do in a crisis as part of the national Business Continuity Awareness Week.

Business Continuity (BC) is often described as ‘just common sense’; it is about taking responsibility for your organisation and enabling it to stay on course whatever storms it is forced to weather. It is a dynamic management practice that is proven to help organisations anticipate, prepare, respond and adapt to an ever changing risk environment.

The theme for this year’s Business Continuity Awareness Week, which runs from 17-21 March, is 'counting the cost' and hopes to demonstrate the potential cost of not having an effective business continuity management system.

What Business Continuity resilience do we have at Loughborough?
The Loughborough University Business Continuity Network (LUBCoN) meets quarterly and oversees the effectiveness of Business Continuity. 

Inthe last 2 years it has:

  • Successfully planned for Team GB staying on campus in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Ran an exercise involving a ‘fire’ scenario in the S-Building, requiring a total evacuation of the building, to determine the response in the event of an emergency
  • Assessed the potential impacts and produced Business Continuity plans for different Schools and Professional Services so that they can continue delivering services following a major incident

The School of Science is currently taking the lead for Schools in a business impact analysis and business continuity plan, so that recovery from disruption incidents is quick and effective.

What can you do?
Think about your area of work – what would happen if an incident disrupted your normal level of service? Who would it affect? What would the effect be? And how long would it take you to regain the level of service you need to provide?

Try and put plans in place to manage the risk and speak to your line manager about these plans.

Want to find out more?
Visit or speak to your School or Professional Service representative that attends the LUBCoN meetings. Attendees include: Andy Sweeney (Chairman), Richard Taylor (Chief Operating Officer), James Stapleton (FM), Brant Hickman (Pilkington Library), Judy Billington (representing Schools), Guy Hodge (imago), Hannah Baldwin (Public Relations), Alison Burns (Campus Living), Stuart Christie (Security), Rod Harrison (Fire Officer), Dave Temple (IT), Hugh Weaver (Deputy H&S Manager)