Quality of life

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The University of Bordeaux is mindful of the well-being and health of its staff and students. For that reason, since 2017, it has been involved in a process to improve the quality of life of each and every member of its community.

Photo : Quality of life is a major issue. Campus sites are multi-faceted places for studying, working, meeting people and living together © Arthur Pequin
Quality of life is a major issue. Campus sites are multi-faceted places for studying, working, meeting people and living together © Arthur Pequin

Taking into account psychosocial risks, seeking work-life balance, promoting and educating health at work and for studies as well as granting trust and recognition to each and every one are all factors that contribute to individual and collective well-being, thus enhancing the University of Bordeaux's performance and attractiveness.

An initiative to improve the quality of life at work was launched in 2017 and reinforced in 2019 by the development of a dedicated master plan.
It was strengthened again in 2022 by appointing a Vice-President for quality of life and occupational health and integrating well-being into the scope of the campus life vice-presidency.

Quality of life at work: a priority

Following the public health crisis related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Bordeaux has focused on supporting staff to allow them to make optimal use of new ways of organising work (remote working, teleworking, hybrid working) along with making dedicated equipment available (especially computers) and a range of specific training and support.
Flash surveys conducted in June 2020 and March 2021 to gather feedback following the lockdown periods, made it possible to assess the needs and to adjust the university's response to ensure better managed and more widespread remote working.

  • 28%

    of staff

    benefit from remote-working measures, enabling more flexibility and a better work-life balance.

Charter for the Proper Use of Digital Tools

Because digital technology can be an aggravating factor of stress if it is not mastered, the University of Bordeaux has made the proper use of professional digital tools a lever for improving quality of life at work.
A Charter for the Proper Use of Digital Tools has been drawn up to preserve the safety, physical and mental health of all.
It is intended for all staff, whether in management positions or not, and regardless of how they use digital tools, whether in face-to-face or remote working contexts.

Good practices for the use of digital tools (in French)

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In order to contribute to the implementation of this policy of improving the quality of life at work, the DASIS (Social action and societal innovation department > in French) was created in 2021.

Its objective is to identify and coordinate the policy guidelines of the General administration and human resources division in terms of quality of life at work, disabilities, gender equality and social services.

The Occupational health department (page in French) also monitors the health and working conditions of staff of staff. 
Vice-President dedicated to quality of life and occupational health has been appointed with the aim of bringing the University of Bordeaux's societal missions back to the forefront and making quality of life at work a steering tool.

This vast project is a central theme for the ongoing improvement of the university community's working conditions.

Alain Garrigou © Arthur Pequin

I'm aiming to "look after people and work", in other words, to devise in collaboration with all those concerned, work situations enabling everyone to build up their health and produce quality work."

Alain Garrigou, Vice-President for quality of life and occupational health

Being happy on campus

Quality of life is a major issue affecting the success of all students. Campus sites are multi-faceted places for studying, working, meeting people and living together.
As a result, the University of Bordeaux has introduced a number of initiatives to ensure that everyone, no matter which campus they are on, has the same quality of life, which involves access to local services such as housing, food service, health, sports, culture, libraries, etc.


A real challenge for the university's quality of life, attractiveness and reduction of environmental pollutants, improving mobility conditions to and from the university is one of the major undertakings for those committed to sustainable development and social responsibility.

That is why, on the initiative of the University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Métropole, 16 public and private higher education institutions and university research centres have been working together in 2022 to draw up an inter-institutional mobility plan.

Learn more (in French)

Health is at the heart of the University of Bordeaux's concerns

The Student Health Centre (ESE) is a full-fledged health service at the heart of the Bordeaux campus.

With the support of its health-liaison students (ERS), the team of professionals at the ESE carries out actions and projects dealing with health education, promotion and prevention focused on 4 key topics: access to care, well-being, sexuality and parties.

Throughout the academic year, the following services are also provided to students free of charge: nursing care, contraception-sexuality consultations, nutrition consultations, sports activities, vaccinations, adjusted course schedules and exam conditions for students with disabilities, appointments with a social worker, psychiatric nurse or psychologist, etc. In addition, it provides medical consultations (third-party payer): general medicine, gynaecology, dermatology, sports medicine, etc.

Health and well-being

Being in good health is crucial for doing well in your studies. The team of professionals at the Student Health Centre provides consultations, answers your questions and organises prevention activities.

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