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Emergency response and continuity planning

The University of Cambridge has policies and plans to ensure it can respond effectively to any incident that has the potential to:

  • present a risk to students, employees, residents, visitors or members of the local community;
  • create an environmental hazard;
  • disrupt academic business continuity and integrity;
  • result in enforcement action or litigation;
  • damage the reputation of the University.

By applying these plans, we will be able to ensure the earliest possible resumption of the core activities of the University.

Emergency Action Plan template **revised November 2018

The University's template Emergency Action Plan has been updated. 

The front cover box now includes:

  • the requirement to record an assessment of the level of risk of the institution.  The level of risk determines how frequently the plan should be tested.  See paragraph 8 (Testing and Exercising) and Appendix F;

  • a reminder to review plans annually to record any staff contact changes or other change of circumstances for the institution;

  • confirmation that the Head of Institution has signed off the plan.

A new section on continuity planning has been added as final Appendix L.  This section prompts institutions to consider dependence on critical activities and resources and consequent contingency plans.

Advice and guidance

Advice on Emergency Response and Continuity planning can be obtained from the Audit and Regulatory Compliance Officer, Clara East (clara.east@admin.cam.ac.uk) or the Contingency Planning and Compliance Officer, Dave Corcoran (david.corcoran@admin.cam.ac.uk). They can provide advice and guidance documents to any Department or Non-School Institution that would like to conduct a fresh assessment of their Continuity needs.