The World Health Organisation's emergency committee raised the pandemic threat level for swine flu tonight from phase three to phase four.
A pandemic is not inevitable. However, this action is intended as a signal that we should strengthen our preparations for flu.
The University's Pandemic Flu Contingency Plan includes a basic planning checklist for individuals and families.
Members of the school should also consider how they may continue to work from home should this become necessary.
If a pandemic develops, tactical decisions on restriction of gatherings or closures of buildings or venues may be made with little or no notice.