CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
TitleUniversity of Aberdeen Student Health Service papers
Date1938 - 2000
Extent5 boxes: 1.65 linear metres
Creator NameUniversity of Aberdeen Student Health Service
Administrative HistoryA Student Health Service was first introduced at Aberdeen University in 1925. A local general practitioner was appointed to examine each student on matriculation, check their medical history and screen them for tuberculosis. The appointment of Dr. Alexander Macklin in 1946 saw the Service organised on occupational health lines, with a focus on health and fitness. He also incorporated the Student Nurses of the Hospital Board into the Service and was later granted a restricted list so that he could prescribe. He was also instrumental in founding the British Student Health Association.

The British Student Health Association was created as an independent body in 1951 following the third Conference on Student Health, held in Cambridge. The initial conferences were held under the auspices of the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust. Throughout its history, the association has undergone a number of name changes: it was initially called the British Student Health Officers Association, becoming the British Student Health Association in 1965. In 1988 it became the British College Health Association, its aim 'to relieve sickness', 'promote the highest possible level of health for the individual and collectively for all who study and work in Universities and Institutes of Higher Education' and 'to advance Health Education'. The first conference was held in Oxford in 1947, the second in Edinburgh in 1949. Conferences were held in Aberdeen in 1954, 1963 and 1987.
SourceCollected from attic of Taylor E block (former Student Health building), May 2007.
DescriptionPapers regarding British Student Health Association conferences held in Aberdeen in 1954, 1963 and 1987; Papers from other conferences attended by University of Aberdeen medical officers between period 1947 and 1964

University of Aberdeen Student Health Service Annual Reports, 1938-1981 (with gaps)

Memoranda and reports produced by the Student Health Service regarding the student population of the University of Aberdeen, 1946-1986

Photographs 1950s - 2000.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialCopies of the Service Annual Reports are also held in the Local Collection in the Reading Room.
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