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Dr Alistair Tough

Senior Lecturer (HATII)



Alistair G Tough, MA, MSc, DLitt is a Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute and the Archivist of the National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board. In 1999 and 2000 he was seconded to the Civil Service Department in Tanzania as an adviser to the Public Sector Reform Programme. In 2002 he received the Annual Award of the Records Management Society of Great Britain. He has undertaken Records Management consultancy work in Barbados, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. He has held research fellowships at Balliol College, Oxford (where he worked on sources for the history of the British Colonial Medical Service) and the universities of Malawi(establishment of a MLIS degree course) , Michigan (selecting clinical records for long-term retention for research purposes) and Stanford (automation of archival finding aids).

Research and Teaching Interests

History of the British Colonial Medical Service

Parochial medical provision in Glasgow, particularly Govan

Corruption prevention in health services in developing countries


Teaching Materials:



  • College of Arts, School of Humanities
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives