Latest updates [Update 11/18 - 9 AM]

All the updated information and latest messages from the President of the University of Bordeaux about the Covid-19 epidemic are available on this page.

[UPDATE 11/18 - 9 AM]

Dear colleagues,

The University of Bordeaux is continuing to adapt its organization in order to best maintain its activities during this "second wave" of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new lockdown implemented throughout France since the 29th October. As you know, although teleworking is now the rule, some activities are impossible in such a context and must be carried out within the university premises.

Please consult the online Covid-19 section on the university website regularly. Here you may find different memos concerning the organization during the pandemic, a health guide that includes thematic factsheets, modified according to the latest developments (cf. see below for the updated list of these different document) as well as the FAQ sections per target public.

We would like to make the most of this opportunity to remind you once again to continue to respect the lockdown guidelines and highly recommend that you download the TousAntiCovid application. This application provides your individual certificates of derogatory movement and helps with the tracking of contact cases if necessary.

We know that we may count on your commitment to maintain together our joint activities and thank you for your efforts.

Manuel Tunon de Lara,

Vincent Moreau,
General-director of services

[UPDATE 11/10 - 7 PM]

Dear colleagues,

Since the 29th October, midnight, we are once again in lockdown in order to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this lockdown is more "flexible" concerning certain aspects, in particular for primary and secondary-level pupils who need to attend their schools every day, it can only be effective by strictly limiting our movement and presence on-site for work. With this in mind, we strongly recommend that you download and use the application "TousAntiCovid" so that contact cases may be tracked and individual certificates of derogatory movement may be obtained.

In line with these new regulations, teleworking has been extended to 5 days. As long as on-site presence at work is not absolutely necessary to maintain activities, full-time teleworking is now the rule to be respected at the University of Bordeaux. If you must come to your work station, a personal certificate of derogatory movement, valid for the duration of your time on-site, must be obtained via the dedicated application on the ENT system.

Two guideline documents are available on the Intranet: one of the documents outlines the organization and accommodations possible for professional activities during the lockdown, the other details movement possibilities for work.

Please remember that the organization of your professional activities and of your movement for work if necessary, must be validated previously with your manager. We know that we may count on your committment and your professionalism to organize our joint missions, thus enabling us to carry out our work while respecting the public health recommendations.

We thank you once again for your precious collaboration.

Manuel Tunon de Lara,

Vincent Moreau
General-director of services

[UPDATE 11/6 - 4 PM]

Dear students,

Since the 29th October, midnight, we are once again in lockdown in order to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this lockdown is more "flexible" concerning certain aspects, in particular for primary and secondary-level pupils who need to attend their schools every day, it can only be effective by strictly limiting our movement and presence on places of learning and work. With this in mind, we strongly recommend that you respect the lockdown guidelines and that you download and use the application "TousAntiCovid" so that contact cases may be tracked and individual certificates of derogatory movement may be obtained.

As you know, since the 2nd November, all theoretical lessons are delivered online. However, certain practical lessons and exams continue to take place on campus, while strictly respecting the health recommendations. The university libraries may also be accessed but only according to certain limited conditions and if an appointment has been made in advance to borrow documents or to occupy a workstation with or without a computer. In addition, in order to help those with limited access to digital tools, we are planning on providing premises that are equipped with computers or an Internet connection and that may be reserved. Your training components will inform you in due time, how to access/reserve these services.

If you must come to the university campus for one of these reasons, in addition to your derogatory movement certificate, you must have a document proving that you are registered at the University of Bordeaux (Aquipass card or enrolment certificate available on the ENT) and also a certificate justifying your movement: timetable extract, written notification, appointment confirmation. Please find with the following link a document that details the relevant situations and the terms and conditions for these rules (also available on the Covid19 section of the university website)

I thank you for your solidarity and your responsibility during these complicated times. Should you be in difficulty as a result of Covid-19 or the lockdown, do not hesitate to contact the university services, in particular the student health center.

Do not forget to also regularly consult the information available on the university website or on the social networks.

Please be assured that all the university teams are committed to guaranteeing the best possible study and campus life conditions throughout this sanitary crisis.

Manuel Tunon de Lara,

[UPDATE 10/31 - 3 PM]

Dear colleagues,

On the 29th October, the Prime Minister detailed the measures to be implemented at a national level in the fight against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with these measures, the University of Bordeaux has adapted its organizational working arrangements in order to maintain our activities while respecting the national objective to limit the spread of the virus. The guidelines enclosed, also available on nuxeo and on the Intranet, define the initial grounds for the organization of our work in the different services starting the 2nd November and until further notice.Teleworking is extended to 5 days. It must be applied to all possible activities. Only those activities that absolutely require on-site presence may continue in person, while strictly respecting the health recommendations and the barrier gestures that help limit the spread of the virus.To assist those staff members who must come to their workplace, a temporary authorization from the university may be downloaded from the Intranet site. It will be replaced shortly with a new authorization that will be valid for a longer period of time.During these difficult times, we thank you for your valuable collaboration, which allows the University of Bordeaux to maintain and pursue its activities.

Vice-President - Human Resources

Vincent MOREAU
General-Director of services

[UPDATE 10/29 - 6 PM]

Dear colleagues,

As you know, during the presidential speech on the 28th October, the President of the Republic announced a new series of measures to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to reduce the impact of the second wave of the pandemic.

In line with these latest announcements, all teaching at the University of Bordeaux must be delivered on-line as of Monday, 2nd November. Between now and the beginning of next week, I will keep you informed of the new university rules in order to ensure the best possible organization and conditions for our activities.

If you need to come to work on-site this Friday 30th October, you must have an individual sworn declaration (available on the application "TousAntiCovid" or on the website of the Ministry of the Interior) as well as a declaration from the university. This may be downloaded via the following link. The declaration is valid for tomorrow only. Next week, a new version of this "employer" declaration will be available according to the mobility procedures defined by the Ministry of the Interior and service requirements.

I know that, as has been the case since the beginning of this crisis, I may once again count on your commitment and responsibility that is essential for the ongoing functioning of our university during these difficult times. I thank you.

Dear students,

As you know, during the presidential speech on the 28th October, the President of the Republic announced a new series of measures to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to reduce the impact of the second wave of the pandemic.

In line with these latest announcements, all teaching at the University of Bordeaux must be delivered on-line as of Monday, 2nd November. At the beginning of next week, we will inform you by email and other communication devices (in particular, websites and social media) of the procedures to be implemented and respected for these new measures and the possible adjustments for “hands-on” teaching activities.

Along with your teaching components, we will do our very best to ensure that your classes continue. We will pay particular attention to the importance of guaranteeing access to classes for all students, especially those who are in need.

I know that after the start of a very unusual academic year, these additional rules will strongly impact your student life and may provoke new worries. Along with your lecturers and the entire university community, I wish to reassure you once again of our firm commitment to ensuring the continuity of your education. We promise to offer you, during these exceptional circumstances, the best possible teaching and university conditions.

Manuel Tunon de Lara,

[UPDATE 10/23 - 4 PM]

Sir, Madam, Dear students,

On the eve of the vacation period, I would like to remind you of the vital protective measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which is still actively circulating.

More than ever the familiar prevention measures must be maintained:

  • Mandatory mask on campus, both indoors and outdoors;
  • Minimum distance of one meter between individuals, with a reduction in the capacity of our premises and a ban on groups of more than 10 people outside of rooms specifically adapted to comply with this physical distance;
  • Meticulous hand sanitizing, for which we have installed around 800 hand-sanitizer dispensers to facilitate hand-washing, in addition to the usual washroom facilities.

The application of these measures and the sense of responsibility demonstrated by our community have enabled us to check the spread of the virus in the establishment since the start of the academic year (fewer than 35 new student cases per week, across all our sites in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, for a total of 57,000 students throughout our university campuses).

Beyond campus life, this vigilance must also be applied to our private lives. This requires a significant effort for each and every one of us and I am aware of the impact of this epidemic on your social life, in terms of the encounters, exchanges and festive moments which are normally an intrinsic part of student life. But it is vital that we do not relax our vigilance, to protect each other and to protect our loved ones.

Many of you are about to go home to your families or travel during the Fall break that starts this Friday. These trips could accelerate the spread of the virus across France.

To curb this spread, the ARS (Regional Health Authority) is inviting all the students of the Bordeaux conurbation to take a free test before leaving on vacation. You simply need to present your Aquipass card to a private test laboratory or the Metropole test centers, including the one which opens today and for 3 weeks on the premises of the Bordeaux Montaigne-Montesquieu University campus in Pessac. This specific facility for students of the health faculty will also be rolled out in the coming days on the Carreire campus in Bordeaux.

Furthermore, if you are traveling to a ‘scarlet’ zone and/or are likely to have been in contact with the virus, please take a test before returning to campus after the break, even if you do not present any symptoms.

Lastly, and obviously, you must not come to the campus if you are COVID-19-positive, if you present symptoms or if you are an at-risk contact, as confirmed by a health professional. In this case, you must self-isolate as a precaution (this includes your private activities), and notify the Student Health center of your medical situation. You must also inform your student affairs department and educational head of your absence. Your training component will inform you of the possibilities for educational continuity, according to your situation.

I would like to thank you for your solidarity and sense of responsibility in this health context and remind you that if you have any queries or issues related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to call on the university’s services: student affairs, student health or student life departments, etc.

You can count on our support to get through this very particular period.

[UPDATE 09/18 - 6 PM]

Dear colleagues, 

As you are aware, the Gironde region has been identified as a location in which the Covid-19 virus is spreading rapidly. This has led the Prefect to take reinforced sanitary measures for the Bordeaux metropolis and the Gironde region since the beginning of the week.

Most of these measures had already been anticipated in the health plan implemented in our university at the beginning of the academic year.

This is the case, for example, of the wearing of masks, which has been mandatory since the beginning of the academic year for everyone, in all indoor and outdoor spaces of the university. This requirement has been extended to a 50-meter area around the entrances and exits of the university and is now the subject of a ruling by the Prefecture.

This is also the case for student parties, which were already banned within the university and are now forbidden generally throughout the department, including in private settings.

Over the summer, we also worked alongside your colleges and institutes to provide the necessary conditions to ensure our teaching arrangements are as safe as possible, by reducing groups in the lecture halls and classrooms by half, by rearranging such premises to facilitate physical distancing, by investing massively in digital equipment to allow remote retransmission or by maintaining digital equipment support services for those students most in need.

In addition, the Prefect has requested that we limit group gatherings to a maximum of 10 people and asked for the closure of student third places, since convivial gatherings are the cause of most grouped outbreaks of contamination. Recreation rooms, halls and social rooms* that are usually open to students are therefore closed until further notice.

We must also avoid gatherings, whether they be inside or outside, except for those premises that have been specifically adapted in order to respect physical distancing – in particular for teaching. As a reminder, face to face meetings with more than 10 participants are forbidden and virtual conference solutions must be favored.

Since it is impossible to drink, eat or smoke without removing your mask, meals and coffee (or cigarette) breaks are strictly limited to 10 people (for students and staff) on our campuses. We also recommend that you take such breaks outside and increase the distance between each other, especially when eating (2 meters if possible).

  • For staff, given the current sanitary context, in addition to existing social spaces, it is exceptionally possible to have lunch in individual offices or in available meeting rooms. In this situation, the minimum distance between people must be increased (2 meters) and always, no matter the size of the room, no more than maximum 10 people should be present at the same time.
  • For students, along with the colleges and institutes, given the arrival of fall and the reduction in capacity of the university restaurants, we are looking for solutions to allow those who would need to eat their cold meals in a sheltered place, while maintaining sufficient distance between people.  

I would like to draw your attention to the importance of respecting barrier gestures, both at the university and in private settings, as the virus also spreads within our community: in addition to wearing masks and physical distancing, hand hygiene and preventive isolation in case of symptoms are essential. 

If you are symptomatic or positive for Covid-19, do not come to university. Notify the  occupational health service for staff members (medical information) and, at the same time, inform your manager and the HR and Social Development pole ( of your absence. 

Do not hesitate to consult the online information space dedicated to Covid-19 on the university's website. It is regularly updated, contains health data sheets and information concerning pertinent procedures for the University of Bordeaux and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions. Lastly, the email address is available for any questions (other than medical ones) you may have related to the sanitary situation.

I am well aware that the conditions of this new academic year are not easy for you, nor for the students and I realize the considerable efforts that are being made to ensure that our university continues to function and to welcome our students on-site. I am very grateful for your responsibility and your commitment.  

* association premises, attributed to an identified association, are not closed. Their use in the heightened respect of the sanitary regulations is under the association's responsibility. If we find that these instructions are not respected, they will be closed immediately.

[UPDATE 09/09 - 9 AM]

Dear colleagues,

Our supervisory Ministry has just published a circular with the latest updates concerning the recommendations for returning to work within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this circular, we are adapting the conditions for the obligatory wearing of face masks in the University, as defined in a new decree issued by the President (link). It is to be noted that this obligation also applies to lecturers who are teaching their classes in person and to speakers who are participating in meetings in person, no matter the distance respected between them and their audience.

This mail is to remind you that the wearing of face masks is obligatory for everyone, in all interior and exterior university spaces, even when the minimum distance of 1 meter or more may be respected between people.

This rule pertains to staff members, including lecturers who are physically present with students, for all forms of teaching, and also to those participating in meetings in person, even when the participants are spaced out and do not circulate. It is also to be respected for all movement in interior and exterior university spaces…

We also wish to draw your attention to the importance, everywhere and for all, of respecting and enforcing barrier gestures, which remain the primary tool in the fight against the spread of the virus, while it is actively circulating in our region and especially in Gironde, including within our University community:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands
  • Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and others

Reminder: a dedicated COVID-19 section is available online and updated regularly. This section contains health sheets detailing the procedures applicable within the university, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions by students and staff. Please refer to this section of the website in case of questions or doubts.

In addition, the email address is available should you wish to contact the University's crisis unit, for any questions other than specific medical questions (which should be addressed to the occupational health service for staff members, or to the Student Health Center

We know that we may count on our collective responsibility for the application of these measures that will limit the spread of the epidemic, and thank you for your precious collaboration. 

Manuel Tunon de Lara,

Vincent Moreau,
Director-General of services  

[UPDATE 09/01 - 9:15 AM]

Dear colleagues,

As the holidays come to an end, I wish you all an excellent return to work; I hope that the summer break provided a much needed rest for you, your family and friends after the very challenging first months of 2020.   

As you know, after nearly 6 months off-site, most of our students will finally be able to return to our campus and we will also be welcoming our 1st year Bachelor students who are starting their experience of higher education. We are delighted to finally be able to welcome these students on-site. I know that many of you are working hard on the organization of this exceptional return to the university and I thank you. 

The Regional Health Agency (ARS) has confirmed the acceleration of new COVID-19 cases, in particular within the region of Gironde, and given the size and diverse profile of our community, it is very likely that cases will be detected in the coming weeks or months within our university. Our objective is thus to avoid such cases spreading throughout our community. 

The number one health measure that applies to all, whether it be staff, students, visiting lecturers or visitors, is the mandatory use of face masks in all interior and exterior university spaces, as of Monday, August 31st. In addition, more than ever, respecting barrier gestures is necessary to stop the epidemic: careful and frequent hand washing and physical distancing. Health professionals speak of the 3 point rule: mask, hand washing, 1 meter distance. 

It is also essential that each and every one of you be able to trace your itinerary and contacts in the establishment, in case of positive testing for the virus. This individual vigilance will make it possible, if necessary, to speed up the identification of any so-called "at risk" * contacts (whether it be colleagues, students or visitors) and therefore to limit the transmission of the virus in our community.

Furthermore, if you have symptoms or live with someone (partner, child, flatmate, etc.) who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should isolate and consult your doctor immediately. In practical terms, this means not coming to your workplace, staying at home (while of course informing your employer), and contacting the university workplace health service to find out how to best proceed and protect others in such a situation**. For any questions, a "covid" email address ( is available and will direct you to the right contacts in case of doubt.

The COVID-19 section on the university website is currently being updated to provide the necessary information for this new period. In particular, thematic "frequently asked questions" (FAQ), accessible to all, will cover specific questions from university staff (and also students), for example what to do when tested positive for COVID-19 (and for suspected cases, when in contact with cases), protective material, etc. Do not hesitate to consult this section regularly for up-to-date information on the situation or useful contacts.

In this section of the website you may also find the contact details of the different HR and social development services, in particular the workplace health service, who are available should you have any questions or require help. This exceptional period may be very worrying and stressful and I therefore encourage you to consult with the doctors or psychologists here within the university if necessary.

I know that I may count on the collective responsibility, commitment and solidarity of our community in order to make this exceptional start of the academic year a success. I thank you for your efforts.

Wishing you all a pleasant return to the workplace.

[UPDATE 06/12 - 7:05 PM] 

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA, to all staff and doctoral candidates at the University of Bordeaux

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Colleagues,

Since the easing of lockdown restrictions began, more than 3,000 staff at the University of Bordeaux have been able to return to our campuses and resume their activities face-to-face in university premises on an occasional or regular basis – including nearly 2,000 in our research structures.

As you know, this second phase of the university's on-site activity resumption plan was based on the establishment’s upstream validation procedures, dictated by the need to ensure the conditions required to protect our community’s health.

Since last week, however, we have been relieved to observe that the widespread lifting of lockdown is enabling a rapid return to a form of normal (or almost normal) daily life. In line with this approach, and as I told you a few days ago, we have decided to facilitate the resumption of activities on university sites wherever possible, by easing the conditions for returning to our premises.

In concrete terms, for this new phase, heads of structures and the directors of laboratories, units or departments are now responsible for overseeing the resumption of activities on university premises. In view of the relaxation of national restrictions, which previously required compliance with a uniform framework, the prior authorizations that had to be issued by the Safety and Protection Officer are abolished.

Of course, the heads of structures will need to inform logistics services of this resumption of activity in advance to enable the scheduling of cleaning for the premises concerned before staff return to the site. Of course, everyone will also need to keep observing preventive health measures and the famous barrier precautions. 

Directors will therefore be able to define the organizational arrangements for their structures, and in particular, to allow staff to return to sites, in compliance with health instructions and taking account of the impact of these decisions on departments – particularly administrative and support departments – beyond the structure under their responsibility. Working as closely as possible with staff, they will be able to identify, on a case-by-case basis, solutions adapted to particular missions, specific situations, and individual working conditions, while ensuring that staff are not prevented from returning to their normal working environments for too long.

While we are still unable to pick up where we left off on March 15, we can adapt the way we operate by bearing a few practical principles in mind:

  • firstly, teleworking can be maintained, either totally or partially, when it is possible without seriously impacting the activities to be performed. Indeed, it will have to be maintained when staff are subject to specific constraints – I am thinking of vulnerable people, in particular.
    In this regard, I would like to point out that the generalization of distance working imposed on us by the health crisis was carried out under exceptional conditions. The feedback from this experience will enable us to adapt our existing guidelines for teleworking, which we had already implemented at the university, by continuing to monitor its impact on the quality of life at work.
  • secondly, we cannot all be present on the premises at the same time because physical distancing is still necessary; this is why, whenever possible, the rotation of staff or teams and the organization of staggered attendance times will help to limit physical proximity in the workplace as well as on public transport, and will enable the majority of us to resume our normal working practices, at least occasionally.
  •  finally, the impact of the resumption of activity on the cleaning of premises must be taken into account at all levels, considering that the health measures increase the duration of cleaning operations. It will therefore be necessary to give maximum thought to how we use our premises in order to limit the work required of the logistics teams, which are already under considerable pressure, to the occupied premises only.

A memorandum issued by the Director General of Services and the Safety and Protection Officer, and clarifying the arrangements for this new phase of our on-site activity resumption plan, will soon be sent to the academic and administrative management teams. Similarly, the health information sheets already available in the activity resumption area on the university's website will be updated if necessary.

I am counting on everyone to follow these health guidelines more than closely than ever at a time when more and more of us are going to be present on our campuses, because the coronavirus is still out there and it is our behavior, including the application of barrier measures, that will stem the epidemic.

I am fully aware that this third phase of the activity resumption plan is eagerly awaited, even though in reality, the university’s activities have never stopped, and despite the lockdown, our community has been working very hard during the unprecedented events of this spring. I am delighted at the prospect of all this intense activity – hitherto at distance – gradually returning to enliven our campuses, just as I am delighted at the prospect of meeting you all again over the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your unfailing commitment since the start of the crisis.


[UPDATE 05/18 - 9:15 AM] 

Activation of Phase 2 of the Plan for resuming activities at university sites

Message form the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA to all University of Bordeaux staff members and PhD students

Dear Colleagues,

After the first post-lockdown week spent preparing the university for the resumption of certain activities on campus sites (only activities that cannot be performed remotely), we are ready to begin phase 2 of our “plan for resuming on-site activities” in the next few days, in accordance with the information you received last Wednesday from the Director General of Services and the Defense and Security Official.

I know many of you are very eager to move forward, and I understand this. However, our priority is to ensure that we resume activities in a way that ensures safe conditions for all, and this requires the implementation of complex measures, given the size of our institution, the number and diversity of the entities involved, the specific constraints for each entity, and the number of sites. Once again, I would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to this process of defining and implementing plans for resuming on-site activities (PRAS). I am well aware of the scale of this task and the work that lies ahead in the coming weeks.

On Monday, May 18 and on the morning of Tuesday, May 19, we will be able to finalize the logistical and technical preparation for the arrival of all staff members at the various campuses and activate Phase 2 on Tuesday, May 19 at 2pm.

I would like to remind you that only those officially authorized by the Defense and Security Official will be able to return to their usual workplace on this date (they have been identified in advance and notified by the head of their entity). For all others, remote work will continue for the coming weeks.
All those who will be returning to work on-site must strictly comply with the guidelines indicated in the memo and health guidebook available in the Covid-19 section of the university website dedicated to conditions and guidelines for the resumption of activities on university sites. Please carefully read the latest versions of the different health information sheets, which have been regularly updated since initial publication.
An important guideline has been added for these early stages: as a precaution, we ask that you consider the tap water to be unsafe for drinking. Due to the extended shutdown of the water system in our university buildings during closure, water may have stagnated in some of the pipes, leading to the development of bacteria that could make the tap water unsafe to drink. The necessary maintenance operations are still underway and will continue early in the week. It is therefore important not to drink any tap water until the services confirm that they have completed their work and that the water in our internal university network is safe to drink. We will inform each university site as soon as we know more.
I know I can count on each of you to act responsibly in the midst of these circumstances that remain unprecedented, despite the end of lockdown measures.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Together, let’s commit to these prevention measures: they remain essential in defeating this epidemic.


[UPDATE 05/07 - 6:00 PM]

Message to all staff members and doctoral students of the University of Bordeaux

Dear colleagues,


As stated by the President of the University of Bordeaux in his video message yesterday, the progressive end of the lockdown, starting on the 11th May 2020, will be accompanied by an activity renewal plan for the university campus sites, organized according to two phases.

In concrete terms, this means for Phase 1 (May 11th until May 17th), the only activities permitted on the campus sites will be: review of the premises, maintenance operations, cleaning and organizing prior to staff arrival. Only those staff members, authorized to carry out such actions, will be allowed on the campus sites as of the 11th of May, as well as those specifically authorized by their manager, once their authorization certificate is duly validated by the defense and security official. The campus fire and emergency services will thus have the list of staff members who may be present on each specific site, those not registered on the list will not be allowed to enter.

In the same way, the renewal of certain activities on site, planned for Phase 2 (as of May 18th), will be allowed only for those staff members who have been identified in avance by their managers, whether it concern regular or one-off presence on site. Working within the campus sites will therefore remain an exception. 

In order to faciltate a progressive renewal of these essential activites on the university campus sites, while respecting the advised security conditions, we please ask you to strictly follow these guidelines and to consult with your manager for any questions concerning the renewal of activities.

We thank you for your collabration and support which are highly important during this time that the university is gradually renewing activities on its campus sites, in continuing exceptional circumstances.


[UPDATE 04/03 - 7:30 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

Dear colleagues,

After three weeks of national lockdown in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, I hope you are all keeping safe and sound. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for all your hard work during these exceptional circumstances.

As you know, being part of this action, our university has done its utmost in order to ensure that services continue, despite the closure of our campus. I am aware that this continuity – be it for educational, scientific or administrative requirements – is complicated for many of you. It may imply managing childcare along with teleworking, using personal IT equipment, working with unreliable connections or having to rapidly and urgently master new tools and work methods… Most of you are experiencing, for the first time ever, remote teaching as well as teleworking along with their specificities. These may include, especially at this time, difficulties in preserving a balance between personal and professional lives.

I know that I may count on your commitment to our public service and I recognize every day, our community’s incredible capacity to adapt, unite and innovate for the good of our students, for research and for the health and security of all.

As we must surely confront this sanitary crisis with a long-term vision, I am counting on each and every one of you to watch out for one another and to engage in collective goodwill in order to overcome together this exceptional challenge.

Wishing you all a restful weekend,

Take care of yourselves and stay safe.

[UPDATE 04/03 - 5:45 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

Dear students,

After three weeks of national lockdown in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to make sure that each and every one of you is managing to remain safe and I also want to remind you that the University of Bordeaux is here to help during these exceptional circumstances.

Our lecturers and staff are working hard every day to ensure the continuity of different activities via remote technology, whether it concern your study program or general guidance. For those that are in a precarious situation, emergency social assistance services have been developed.

To find out more, please consult the COVID-19 FAQ for students that is available on our university website or on your faculty website. The main questions and answers are listed here. Since the beginning of the lockdown, this FAQ is updated on a regular basis and will continue to be modified as the situation evolves in the coming weeks.

If you do not find the answer to your question on this FAQ, you may call the toll-free number: 0 805 04 10 12 (from 8.30am until 6pm from Monday until Friday – free of charge).

As a reminder, please find below your main contacts:

  • Remote learning: the lecturer for your program may be contacted by email or via the Moodle platform (with your ENT connection)
  • Education: consult the educational directory during the university closure
  • Study guidance and professional integration: study guidance and career counselors can be reached by email ( and are available for a telephone appointment if necessary
  • Specific needs related to a handicap: PHASE (students with disabilities, student athletes, student artists) service advisors are available by email or by phone, from 9.30am until 11.30am from Monday until Friday; please consult their directory.
  • Health and psychological support: the Student Health Center can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9am until 12.30pm and from 1.30pm until 5pm on +33 (0)5 33 51 42 00 or by email (
  • Social assistance: the Student Life Centers may be reached by email (; see also the online social assistance application form


We are aware that the question of exams is of particular concern to you and would like to assure you that the teaching teams are prepared to adapt assessment methods in these exceptional circumstances. Your assessment terms and conditions will be communicated to you by your training component as soon as they are confirmed.

We will continue to keep you informed by email (, on the university website and on our official social media accounts throughout the duration of this health crisis. Do not hesitate to widely relay these messages and measures to those around you.

Finally, as you know, it is essential that we continue to scrupulously follow the lockdown instructions and barrier gestures to prevent the spread of the virus and protect each and every one of us.

Wishing you, as always, health and safety during these difficult times.


[UPDATE 03/27 - 6:30 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

The University of Bordeaux has been closed for 10 days now, as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic and national lockdown, and the French Prime Minister has just announced the extension of this national lockdown for at least another 15 days.
In this context, many of you are working from your homes, often in complicated conditions, with children to look after, fragile family members take care of... in the common concern to ensure our public service missions.
First, I would like to reiterate my warm and heartfelt thanks for your commitment.

I would also like to make sure that you are doing as well as possible in these exceptional circumstances. I remind you that the university remains present for its entire staff, especially for those who may find themselves in a delicate situation, notably through the Human Resources and Social Development division.

Despite the closure of the premises to the public, continuity of service is maintained:
· Health: the occupational health service can be reached by email (specific Covid-19 address: or per usual contacts for any other questions) and if you feel the need for support, the occupational psychologist and various telephone listening services are at your disposal.
· Social action: the social workers can be reached by email (specific Covid-19 address: or per usual contacts for any other question). They are at your disposal to inform, guide, and accompany you regarding social and/or financial difficulties you may encounter, particularly during this lockdown.
· Staff with disabilities: the disability correspondent remains your primary contact and can be reached by email:

You can find all this information in the dedicated “FAQ for staff” webpage on the university website ( or contact the toll-free number 0805 04 10 12 (from 8:30am to 6pm, Monday through Friday) for assistance.
In these times when social ties and solidarity are essential, do not hesitate to relay this information to people who may not have access to digital tools and to report any situation that justifies it by email to
In the same way, do not hesitate to disseminate as widely as possible the support measures that have been implemented for our students. All the details are on the university website.
Finally, I would like to thank you for continuing to scrupulously respect the essential instructions to stop the spread of Covid-19 and in particular the following measures:
 · closure of our campuses to anyone whose physical presence has not been identified as essential in our activity continuity plan;
 · self-isolation and barrier gestures, in both professional and personal settings.
We will continue to keep you informed by email and on the university website during this sanitary crisis.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

[UPDATE 03/21 - 7:30 PM]

Message from Anne-Marie Tournepiche, Vice-president for student and campus life and Paul Marsan, Student vice-president

Dear students,

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Bordeaux is closed since the 16th March. In line with the national containment recommendations, we must all of us, now stay at home.

We are very much aware that these exceptional circumstances may especially affect those who are in a precarious situation. It is for this reason that our university is taking action and adapting its student services.

Please consult the information below that details the various services available for those who are in such a precarious situation. Although regular student services are currently closed to the public, rest assured that service continuity is still guaranteed.

Psychological health and support

The student health center (ESE) proposes a nurse hotline, medical teleconsultations and psychological support and counselling. These services may be reached between Monday and Friday from 9am until 12.30pm and 1.30pm and 5pm by calling +33 5 33 51 42 00 or by contacting 

Social assistance

Staff members from the Student Life Centers are ready to answer your questions by email:

Telephone hotlines will be made available in the next few days. Do not hesitate to make use of these contacts should you experience any complications (financial, social, etc.).

During these exceptional circumstances, the university is reinforcing its social assistance. You may:

The processing of requests will be accelerated at this time and we will do our utmost to provide you with useful support, as quickly as possible, in particular financial or equipment acquisition support.


Please make sure to regularly check your student email inbox ( and to consult the information published and updated frequently on the university website (international version to be updated) to inform you of the systems put in place, and in particular the emergency systems specified in the FAQ (food distribution…) .

All of our university staff is active and particularly attentive to those of you who may be in a precarious situation. Stay informed and contact us should you require any help.

Last of all, please make sure to respect the sanitary measures and to take care of yourselves,

Wishing you health and safety for the time ahead.


[UPDATE 03/17 - 6:18 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

Following the speech by the French President last night, I confirm that the University of Bordeaux is closed until further notice and has activated its activity continuity plan (in French: “PCA”).
I am counting on our community to scrupulously comply with the containment instructions that are essential to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic and to protect each and every one of us.

You will find on the university website a set of regularly updated information, including FAQ pages to answer main questions that arise. These will be updated regularly. You will also find health advice and useful contacts of the main services that have switched to working remotely.

I would also like to inform you that we have set up a single telephone number, instead of the usual campus switchboards: 05 40 00 27 00 (reachable from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

The teaching and administrative teams are working hard to guarantee the continuation of learning and teaching activities for our students. The laboratories organize the continuation of activities essential to the scientific life of our establishment. Services are mobilized to work remotely and guarantee the minimum functioning of the university.

I am aware of the efforts that you are making individually and collectively to ensure that our establishment carries out its public service mission in the best possible way under often difficult conditions. I would like to express my warmest thanks for the commitment, flexibility and innovation that you are demonstrating in the exceptional circumstances that we are going through together.


[UPDATE 03/16 - 5:16 p.m.]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

The current situation in relation to COVID-19 is evolving very rapidly and it is our collective and individual responsibility to comply with national guidelines to limit the spread of the epidemic and protect the most vulnerable. As a higher education research institution with a strong health component, we must be exemplary in applying the necessary health measures in the face of this exceptional situation.

I remind you that - like all French universities - the University of Bordeaux is now closed and has activated its activity continuity plan (in French : “PCA”). All students and staff must remain at home, with the exception of staff whose presence is essential to the vital functioning of the establishment, and within the strict framework of the activity continuity plan.

Within this framework, buildings are closing Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. until further notice. Site managers (laboratories, training buildings, administrative services, etc.) are asked to ensure this closure and to facilitate the intervention of fire & emergency services who will conduct verification rounds in the evening. This closing time may be staggered according to service requirements, particularly if organizational constraints are necessary on this day to close under good conditions, especially in research units.

In the absence of new instructions, and starting Tuesday, March 17, access to the buildings will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in accordance with the activity continuity plans established by each structure and only for persons authorized under these activity continuity plans:


For research activities

The director of the research facility sends an email to the fire & emergency services of his or her campus stating the following:

The surname(s), first name(s), position(s) of the person(s) to be granted access to the building. In the case of a one-time intervention, the director will specify the date and the desired arrival and departure times. In the case of a repetitive intervention, the director shall specify the days when such accesses will be necessary or the required frequency.

Reminder of contacts

Must be put in copy of the director's email: the director of the research department, the DGSa RIPI ( and the Defense and security official (


For training-related activities

The director of the educational unit, or the administrative and financial manager, writes a request by email under the same conditions as described above.

The following persons must be copied on the email: the director of the college or institute, the DGSa FIPVU ( and the Defense and security official.


For administrative activities

The DGSa sends its requests to the appropriate fire & emergency service (with the Defense and security official copied on the email).


For maintenance operations falling under the PILPSE division and the IT department

The services that need to intervene contact the fire & emergency service of their campus on the model of the procedures described above (contacting the fire & emergency service of their campus, with both the Defense and security official and the DGSa copied on the email). A message must be sent even when the agents responsible for intervening have autonomy of action.


I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the institution ensures strict compliance with the national instructions transmitted by our Ministry and that a delay after the government's public communication is therefore necessary before informing each and every one of you of the measures taken at the University of Bordeaux.

As of Tuesday, March 17, FAQ pages will be available online on the university intranet and website to answer main questions that arise. They will be supplemented by a toll-free number instead of the institution's switchboards, the number of which will be communicated as soon as possible.

I thank you for your understanding and would like to assure you of the full mobilization at your side of the entire management team and the administration in these exceptional circumstances.


[UPDATE 03/15 - 7:22 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

As you know, yesterday, Saturday, March 14, the French Prime Minister announced new measures to fight the coronavirus. In particular, he called on all our fellow citizens to respect the instructions on social distancing, in particular to limit travel, meetings and non-essential contacts, as well as to respect barrier gestures. Administrations are invited to take massive action to organize telecommuting.

Under these conditions, and in view of the new instructions received today from our supervisory ministry, I ask all staff whose particular situation makes them vulnerable to the risk of an epidemic to stay at home, starting tomorrow and until further notice, and to report to the occupational health service (, to the HR division ( and to their supervisor.

This provision, in accordance with the recommendations of the High Council for Public Health transmitted by our supervisory ministry, concerns in particular pregnant women, people with renal, cardiac or respiratory insufficiency, cirrhosis, cardiovascular risks, insulin-dependent diabetes or with complications, chronic obesity or immunodeficiency. It also applies to anyone who is ill. When appropriate, telecommuting arrangements will be possible.

I invite all other staff to stay home tomorrow while waiting for instructions from their supervisors, except for staff:
- mobilized in essential activities linked to the activity continuity plan (in French : “PCA”)
- directly involved in research projects on the COVID-19 epidemic or comparable epidemics

The activation of activity continuity plans implies the maintenance of the vital activities of the establishment. Telecommuting will be activated whenever missions allow it and until further notice.

Furthermore, I would like to remind you of the necessity to imperatively respect barrier gestures and rules of social distancing (distance of 1m between people, cancellation of all meetings and face-to-face meetings that can be cancelled, priority to email and telephone exchanges for essential meetings related to activity continuity, calibration of rooms to respect the distance or, failing that, audioconferences, etc.).

Protect yourself and others by complying with these national instructions.

I know I can count on the commitment and responsibility of each of you to get through this exceptional situation collectively.


[UPDATE 03/14 - 12:00 AM]

Clarifications regarding the closure of the University Libraries

The University Libraries will be closed as of this Saturday 03/14 evening until further notice.
In these exceptional circumstances:

  • the duration of the loans will be extended as long as necessary,
  • no penalty will be applied to documents to be returned,
  • return boxes remain open.

Libraries can be emailed at :


[UPDATE 03/13 - 9:30 PM]

In accordance with the directives received from the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation, the University of Bordeaux will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. This closure applies to all face-to-face teaching; it therefore concerns the students, who are requested to remain at home or to return to their place of main residence.

The other activities of the university and in particular research and administration activities will continue in accordance with official health instructions (specifically : barrier gestures, and cancellation of public events for more than 100 people).

Continuation of learning and teaching activities

From Monday no face to face teaching of any kind will take place - the university is organizing the continuation of learning and teaching to minimize, as far as possible, the impact of these exceptional circumstances on student education.

In practical terms this means that teachers of all faculties and educational units, supported by our administrative teams, are mobilized to make their courses accessible remotely, on a case-by-case basis, and in all types of possible format (e-learning, videos, webcast etc…). Sandrine Rui, vice-president for education and campus life, is coordinating this continuity plan with the management teams of the colleges and training institutes and will soon send out a note to all teaching staff detailing the learning technology options available in order to organize this dematerialization of teaching.

Examination procedures may, where necessary, be adjusted along similar lines.

The competitive examinations (PACES, ECN, CAPES, aggregation, etc.) will be organized under their usual conditions, since this is compatible with health prevention measures in force.

Continuation of other university activities

Research laboratories will remain open in compliance with official health instructions (specifically : barrier gestures and cancellation of public events for more than 100 people).  Philippe Moretto, vice-president for Research, working with the research organizations, will presently remind the unit directors of the need to maintain scientific activity, science being, as the Minister pointed out, one answer to this unprecedented situation.

In the same way, administrative services will also remain open.

Staff who are able to telecommute should choose to work from home, with the agreement of their manager, and under the conditions defined by the Director General of Services (DGS).


Based on the information we have at this time, the university libraries will be closed to students and the public from Monday.Library staff will continue their normal activity.

Missions outside France

The university suspends any mission outside of mainland France until further notice. (including to French overseas departments and territories) 

In these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult your university messaging system on a very regular basis, including in the evening and during weekends. Information will also be updated in real time on the usual institutional communication channels: university website and intranetENT, and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

Dedicated FAQ pages will be posted on the university’s website early next week.


[UPDATE 03/13 - 11:30 AM]

In order to best protect the entire population and to take into account the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic, the President of the French Republic announced yesterday evening a series of measures, which include at the very least the closure to the public of all higher education institutions as of Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice.

In accordance with this decision, the University of Bordeaux will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020. No form of face-to-face teaching will take place from Monday and until further notice. Similarly, the university libraries will be closed to students and the public.

A business continuity plan, which includes pedagogical arrangements, is currently being deployed.

We will communicate on the practical arrangements for the closure by the end of the day at the latest, with the Ministry having to provide us with specific instructions this afternoon.

In these exceptional circumstances, we therefore invite you to consult your university messaging system on a very regular basis, including in the evening and during weekends. Information will also be updated in real time on the usual institutional communication channels: university website and intranetENT, and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.


[UPDATE 03/10 - 5:30 PM]


The coronavirus COVID-19 is now present on the French national territory, including several sites of grouped cases called "clusters" (to date: towns/cities located in Haute-Savoie, Oise, Morbihan and Grand-Est).
Given the presence of the virus on the territory, in accordance with ministerial instructions, the prevention measures that apply to the University of Bordeaux, as of today, are as follows:

  • Students, teachers, lecturers and staff residing or having resided (holidays, weekends...) in a "cluster" must:
    • if they are still in the cluster: stay there until the end of the classification of the area as a "cluster"
    • if they have left the cluster: stay at home for 14 days before returning to the university

We will do our utmost, as far as possible, to ensure pedagogical continuity for the students concerned.

  • Students, teachers, lecturers and staff returning from foreign countries where the virus is present are invited to slow down their social life and to monitor themselves (by measuring their body temperature twice a day) 
  • People who have made a short stay in a cluster (e.g. transport connections) can go back to the university but are invited to be cautious

International travel suspensions 

The evolution of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic at the international and national levels continues. The Ministry of Solidarity and Health has therefore updated its recommendations, in particular concerning officially confirmed areas of exposure (to date: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Italy).

The University maintains the suspension, until further notice, of all professional or student departures to the officially confirmed areas of exposure for its students, researchers, lecturers and administrative staff. It also recommends to its community to postpone any personal travel to these same areas.

Obligation to report 

Students and staff, including visiting researchers, are required to report to the university by completing the online form in the following two cases:

  • suspicion leading to a test, whether positive, negative or in progress
  • inability to go back to the university (confinement in a "cluster" in France or preventive 14 days following a stay in a "cluster")

Please note: staff must also report themselves to their hierarchy (n+1) and to the HR teams by email

Health instructions 

To limit the spread of the virus, it is essential to respect and disseminate official health instructions and, in particular, the ones listed below.

  • Wash your hands very regularly.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Greeting without shaking hands, avoiding hugs.
  • Use disposable tissues.
  • Wear a mask when sick (on medical prescription).

In case you are returning from an area of exposure or from one of the officially identified "clusters", you must also follow these instructions:

  • When possible, avoid close contact with others (meetings, elevators, canteen, etc.);
  • Take your temperature twice a day;
  • Monitor the appearance of respiratory infection symptoms (coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.);
  • Avoid contact with frail individuals (pregnant women, the chronically ill, the elderly, etc.);
  • Avoid frequenting places with frail individuals (hospitals, maternity hospitals, accommodation structures for the elderly, etc.);
  • Avoid all non-essential outings (large gatherings, restaurants, cinema, etc.);

In case of signs of respiratory infection (fever or feeling of fever, cough, difficulty breathing) if you live in an area where the virus is present or within 14 days of returning from an area where the virus is present:

  • Contact Samu Centre 15 with your symptoms and recent stay.
  • Avoid all contact with your family and friends.
  • Wear a mask (on medical prescription).
  • Do not go to your doctor or emergency room to avoid any potential contamination.

Contacts and official websites

For any question about the virus, symptoms, preventive measures, etc. 

  • The occupational health service (05 40 00 60 60 / 37 11 -
  • The student health service ( / 05 33 51 42 00) are the preferred contacts; health professionals are available to answer questions.

You may also find informations on:

Staff Health Contact

Occupational Health Service
For any questions about the virus, symptoms, prevention measures.

+ 33 (0)5 40 00 6060 / 3711
Contact by email

Students Health contact

Student Health Center
The Student Health Center offers students a nurse hotline, medical teleconsultations and psychological support and counseling.

+ 33 (0)5 33 51 42 00
Contact by email