SUMS is a membership-based higher education consultancy, a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation that provides expert consulting to universities across all professional service areas. Here, Jerry Niman, SUMS Associate Consultant, shares some thoughts on why planning for Business Continuity is as important as ever in these unprecedented times.

This year, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have managed through Covid-19-induced disruption and are continuing to deal with the implications from Brexit. It has been tough. The challenges are far from over, and there is not much spare capacity for new initiatives. So why would now be a good time for HEIs to think about what they would do in the event of further disruption?

This paper explores:

  • Why now is the time to revisit institutional business continuity plans?
  • How to get started?
  • What assistance is available?

Given everything that the sector has been through, more business continuity planning might be low on the list of priorities. However, not looking at these plans now would represent a failure to learn from the Covid-19 experience as well as run the risk of the institution sleepwalking into the next disruptive incident.

Read the full briefing paper here: SUMS Briefing Paper – Business Continuity in a Changed World

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