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Business Continuity

Business Continuity is the process of identifying critical activities and the underpinning requirements for carrying them out. Business Continuity plans:

  • outline recovery activities and alternative arrangements to enable departments to continue operating and restore normal service in the event of major disruption
  • inform decision making during and after an emergency and reduce confusion by detailing recovery procedures
  • complement Risk Management and Incident Management processes

Business Continuity Planning at Warwick

Business Continuity plans are an essential element of the University's Governance and Emergency Planning. Departments are required to formulate a Business Continuity plan to identify how their critical functions could be recovered swiftly following an emergency.

In formulating their plans, departments should consider which academic departments or central services they would depend on to regain full functionality. This could include departments with which they share teaching or key research partnerships, or central services such as ITS or Estates. More generally, it is useful to identify requirements for each essential function in terms of:

  • People
  • Processes
  • Technology/ Systems
  • Infrastructure/ Physical requirements

The Risk and Resilience team encourages you to contact them to discuss business continuity arrangements within your department. The team offers guidance in the form of meetings, workshops and presentations and can develop bespoke sessions to focus on the issues that are pertinent to individual departments. Business Continuity Plan templates are also available on request.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Ben Pithouse, Head of and Risk and Resilience (x50949) or Chris Griffin, Risk and Resilience Manager or email

Additional Guidance

The University is committed to Business Continuity Planning as part of its on-going emergency planning processes and is a member of HEBCoN (Higher Education Business Continuity Network).

Further information can be found on the following websites:

The Business Continuity Institute

Government advice on Business Continuity 

Approaches to Business Continuity in Universities