Sunderland graduates, where are you now?

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A BAROMETER of success is to be created to see how Sunderland University graduates are climbing the career ladder.

Bosses at the university are calling on all 2013 leavers to get in touch to find out how they are progressing in their careers.

The information they receive will then be included in the national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Daniel Tye, 22, from Washington, graduated in July 2013 with a history degree. He now works as Parliamentary assistant to Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West.

Daniel said: “When it came to choosing a university to study history, there was no other choice for me after visiting Sunderland during an open day event and taking part in a taster session with one of the department’s history lecturers.

“Not only was the university on my doorstep, but the facilities were fantastic and the lecturers were incredibly supportive. They really helped build my confidence, got to know me well and inspired me towards a career in politics.”

After graduating from Sunderland, Daniel applied for the role with Mrs Hodgson, and now has a wide ranging role supporting the MP’s parliamentary and constituency work, specifically assisting with the co-ordination of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups Mrs Hodgson chairs, and as Shadow Minster for Women and Equalities.

“It’s an incredible experience to be working in the House of Commons and being part of the country’s decision making process. I feel honoured to be doing a job I love so much so soon after graduating.”

The DLHE survey measures how recent graduates are doing in their careers.

People can complete the survey online: or contact 515 2888, email