Employer Panels and SAMF Advisory Board

In May 2007, employer panels were set up for each of the five departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The employer panels act as sounding boards regarding education and graduate employment issues for the departments and the Dean. The heads of department have direct responsibility for dialogue with the employer panels.

In 2015, a Advisory Board was set up at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The members consist of the chairs of the departments’ employer panels and a number of external members. The Dean is responsible for ensuring dialogue with the Advisory Board.

Employer panels at the departments

The purpose of setting up employer panels is to ensure effective dialogue between the University of Copenhagen and graduate employers. Systematic dialogue is designed to assure that courses and study programmes match the labour market’s competence requirements. It also improves the departments’ ability to prepare students for the future challenges they will face on the labour market.

The members of the employer panels represent the labour market. They are from both the private and public sectors, and from organisations of various types and sizes. The members must have knowledge of the labour market and sufficient insight into the relevant subject area.

Employer panels at the departments

Employer panel – Anthropology

Covers the following programmes: BSc and MSc in Anthropology and Professional Master in Health Anthropology

Employer panel – Psychology

Covers the following programmes: BSc and MSc in Psychology

Employer panel – Sociology

Covers the following programmes: BSc and MSc in Sociology

Employer panel – Political Science

Covers the following programmes: BSc and MSc in Political Science, BSc and MSc in Social Science, and MSc in Security Risk Management

Employer panel – Economics

Covers the following programmes: BSc and MSc in Economics

Employer panel – Global Development

Covers MSc in Global Development

Employer panel – Social Data Science

Covers MSc in Social Data Science and BSc in Cognitive data science

Further information about the employer panels

For further information about the employer panels, please refer to Memo concerning employer panels at the Faculty of Social Sciences (PDF). The memo describes the background to the setting up of the panels, their purpose and how they are organised.

SAMF Advisory Board

The purpose of the Faculty’s Advisory Board is to ensure dialogue with the society about the Faculty’s strategic work regarding research, education, innovation and collaboration with the outside world. The panel helps the Dean and the Faculty Management focus more closely on the strategic development of the education area, provides the Dean and the Faculty with general advice about business, society and opportunities for partnerships, and helps promote contact between the Faculty and employers in general.

The members of the Advisory Board consist of the chair of the Faculty's five departmental employer panels, and a number of external members appointed by the dean.

Read Terms of reference for SAMF Advisory Board (pdf)

Members of SAMF Advisory Board

  • Maria Damborg Hald, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft Denmark
  • Astrid Kann Rasmussen, Vice-Chair and Co-Founder, KR Foundation
  • Berit Didriksen, CEO, Epinion and Chairman Of The Board, DI
  • Søren Brostrøm, Director General, Danish Health Authority
  • Dea Forchhammer, Director, Ungdomsøen
  • Søren Davidsen, Deputy director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chair of Employer Panel for MSc in Global Development)
  • Frank Humle, Director of Center for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury (Chair of Employer Panel at Department of Psychology)
  • Mikkel Holm Sørensen, Managing Partner, Implement Consulting Group (Chair of Employer Panel at Social Data Science)
  • Niels Ploug, Department director, Statistics Denmark (Chair of Employer Panel at Department of Sociology)
  • Henrik Plougmann Olsen, Director, Metroselskabet I/S (Chair of Employer Panel at Department of Political Science)
  • Christian Ølgaard, CFO, Danmarks Eksportkredit (chair of Employer Panel af Department of Economics)
  • Thomas Roland, Head of CSR at COOP (chair of Employer Panel at Department of Anthropology)
  • Mikkel Haarder, Vice Director for education, research and diversity, Danish Industry 
  • Anne Hedensted Steffensen, Director General, Danish Shipping

Members from the Faculty

Vibeke Koushede, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Sara Hagemann, Associate dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Rune Heiberg Hansen, Acting Faculty Director, Faculty of Social Sciences


Amalie Hyllested Johansen, Secretary, SAMF Advisory Board