Interview with Alma Swan
BSC (HONS) PHD MBA CBIOL MIBIOL Director, Key Perspectives
Swan obtained a first class honours degree in zoology in 1974
and a PhD in cell biology in 1978 from Southampton University.
After research fellowships funded by the Cancer Research Campaign
at Southampton General Hospital and St. George's Hospital
Medical School (London), she took a position as Lecturer in
Zoology at the University of Leicester. Her research was in
medical cell biology and she taught a range of courses from
vertebrate biology to the biology of cancer. In 1985, she
moved into science publishing as managing editor of a Pergamon
Press (later Elsevier Science) biomedical research indexing
service, published both in print and online. In 1996 she jointly
founded Key Perspectives.
Though she has worked in the commercial sphere for 20 years, she retains links with academic life: for four years she was tutor and consultant for the Open University Business School’s MBA programme and since 1991 has been tutor for two business strategy courses on Warwick Business School’s MBA programme. She holds honorary roles as business mentor and teacher for the Institute for Entrepreneurship (part of the School of Management) at the University of Southampton, is a Visiting Researcher in the School of Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Associate Fellow in the Marketing and Strategic Management Group at Warwick Business School. Alma has an MBA from Warwick Business School, is a Member of the Institute of Biology and is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology) and the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.
Alma is now also Director of European Advocacy for SPARC.
with Alma Swan