Crisis management and business continuity

If you believe that an incident or crisis is developing involving the University, its staff or students call Security Services on 0117 331 1223 internal 112233.

An organisation with over 20,000 staff and students and over 350 buildingsĀ  sometimes has to deal with major incidents and more rarely a crisis. The University has considered how it will respond to different types of crisis or incident.

Incident and crisis management

The University of Bristol's Incident & Crisis Management Framework (ICMF) is the framework for command, control, co-ordination and communication of the response to an incident or crisis affecting the University, its staff and/or students. The University of Bristol Incident Management Team (IMT) or the Crisis Management Team (CMT) are responsible for managing the response to an incident or crisis respectively, using this ICMF as a tool.

Business continuity

Business continuity management (BCM) is an important process for any large organisation. The University has considered its critical functions and has a number of continuity plans in place to address these issues and aid recovery following a crisis.

Infectious diseases

The University has an Infectious Diseases Control Committee which has devised a plan of action to be implemented in the event of an individual case or an outbreak of meningitis or other infectious disease that may present a risk to its students and staff.

In conjunction with Avon Health Protection Unit, it has arranged for the rapid tracing of contacts of any students affected and for appropriate screening or treatment to be offered, on a large scale if necessary. In the case of meningitis, for example, this may involve the use of antibiotics and/or vaccination. If required, the University will also implement a large-scale information programme and staff a special helpline.


The University takes its responsibility for the health and safety of its staff and students very seriously. In the event of an emergency, the University will contact its community in a number of ways, such as through website alerts and email. Each of these facilities is intended to improve communications in an emergency.

In such a situation, the 'alerts' webpage will provide the latest information, including possible courses of action. Regular updates will be posted as they become available.

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