The Anglo-Danish Society


CAOIMHE DOWLING – MA in Fashion, Clothing, Textiles and News Landscapes for Design at The Royal Danish Academy. This is a new MA course which focuses on how sustainable design practices can be incorporated to reshape the fashion industry and make it more sustainable.

KATRINE STRUNK – Master of Performance (Vocal) at the Royal College of Music. Katrine’s ambition is to become an opera singer. She enjoys the works of female composers (Alma Mahler, Johanna Muller-Hermann, Clara Schumann) and has produced a concert series on this topic. She became a Søholm Opera Young Artist in 2020-21. You can listen to Katrine sing via her website

TÓRA DJHURUUS - PhD at Exeter University in “The Legacy of the Past in Brexit Britain”. A particularly topical area of research, which seeks to add to the discussion about the imperial dimension of British Euroscepticism.

MATTIAS HORAN – PhD Neuroscience at University College London, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. Mattias has already qualified as a doctor but is keen to work as a physician-scientist. His current area of research examines Alzheimer’s disease and the area of the brain known as the Hippocampal Formation – the seat of the brain’s navigation system.

HELLE HYDESKOV – PhD Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham Trent. Helle is studying lead poisoning in Scandinavian brown bears and its health effects.  As lead is still widely used in hunting ammunition, the lead from spent ammunition poses a global health problem. The ultimate aim is to create a lead-free environment to improve animal and human health.

MAGNUS PLEJDRUP MØLLER – MMus Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As it’s currently not possible to study for a Master’s degree fully dedicated to orchestral conducting in Denmark, Magnus is delighted that he has been accepted at this world-renowned institution.

HELENA-CÉLINE STEVELT – MPhil Psychology at Cambridge University. Helena-Céline will be investigating how babies’ brains develop over the first months of life using brain imaging techniques. She hopes her research will contribute to a career in investigating how environments interact with the developing child to foster brain and cognitive development.     


Simon KOPLEV is Danish and is studying for a PhD in Medical Science at the University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute. His area of study is Tracing cell plasticity of heterogenous tumour clones in the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) microenvironment. Simon has an MScEng in Systems Biology from the Technical University of Denmark and spent one year as a research scholar at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. His current project has the potential to provide fundamental insight into the development of metastatic cancer of the pancreas. He plans to start his own academic laboratory either in Denmark or the UK.

Julie de Fønss GANDRUP is Danish and studying for a PhD in Medicine (Rheumatology) at the University of Manchester. Her specific area of study is How can digital patient-reported data advance clinical care in rheumatoid arthritis? Julie’s research involves the implementation, testing and evaluation of a novel smartphone app for remote monitoring of symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Already a medical doctor and the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and fellowships, Julie has wide international experience and is seen as an academic leader of the future.

Alissa MACHIN, who is British, has been accepted to read for a two-year Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen. Her area of study is 20th and 21st century women’s writing, specifically the exploration of women’s writing from different genres, contexts and countries. Alissa speaks five languages and is currently learning Danish. Ultimately, she wishes to contribute to a diverse and open-minded approach to the development of the humanities to encourage more independence of thought and more opportunities for freelance thinkers to contribute to the public consciousness and cultural thinking.

Tinne Nissen DAMGAARD who is Danish and has a Master of Science in Molecular Science from the University of Copenhagen, has been accepted for a Master of Research at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College, London. Her area of study is Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health and Disease. Tinne’s research will aim at improving therapies that better understand such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain and various psychiatric diseases, an area of study that combines neuroscience and immunology. She is deeply interested in how scientific discoveries are translated into value for patients and for society.

Signe Marie THØGERSEN, who is Danish, is taking an MPhil in Textile Conservation at the University of Glasgow, the only course of its kind in the UK. She already has a BSc in Object Conservation from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture Design and Conservation. Signe’s studies will contribute to the socio-cultural value of textile conservation in terms of both tangible and intangible heritage and will make an important contribution to cultural life in Denmark. Her ultimate ambition is to become a textile conservator at a major museum.