Simon Tebbutt

Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate ProgrammesSimon Tebbutt Profile Picture

Room 417
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT, UK

Telephone +44 (0)114 222 3400
Fax +44 (0)114 22 23458

email : s.tebbutt@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

Simon graduated from Warwick University in 1972 and continued his studies at the same institution, gaining an MA in Economics in 1974. After working at HM Treasury for three years Simon joined the University of Sheffield in 1976, first as temporary lecturer in Economics and then lecturer, and currently as Director of Undergraduate Programmes. He has also served as Sub-dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and as Director of Learning and Teaching and Deputy Head of Department.

Teaching

"I currently teach first year macroeconomics plus statistics and econometrics. In macroeconomics I try to blend theory with an examination of recent events, such as the problems in the world economy the current UK economic policy and the rise of China as an economic force. The theory is important as it underpins study in the following years but it is also important to be aware of events unfolding literally as the module goes on, so that the relevance of the theory can be immediately seen. I therefore like to examine the latest events through the eyes of the economics media during the module. Econometrics is the application of advanced statistical techniques to economic issues, so both my other modules are based on statistical methods. These are core modules for economics, covering important tools for economic analysis. Again there is a body of theory to cover in these modules but I always like to introduce two other perspectives in these modules. First it is essential to illustrate the theory with relevant examples from the economics literature to show how economists are employing the techniques being learned. Second it is also important to be able to link the content of the modules to other core modules. One of my chief goals therefore is to use these modules to draw in ideas and techniques from other modules taken recently or simultaneously and to give a rounded appreciation of the topics covered. The aim therefore is always to teach mathematical material in a way that shows why it is of use. My philosophy with statistics is that no mathematical application is useful unless at the end you can explain in words what it shows and why it is worth knowing."