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Simon Sweeney

Simon Sweeney

I lecture on International Political Economy (IPE) and international business. I joined TYMS full time in January 2011, moving from Sheffield Hallam University where I was Senior Lecturer in International Business and Governance. Before that I was Head of MA International Studies at York St John University. I’ve a long association with York, being a graduate (MA Linguistics and ELT, 1990) and working as an Associate Lecturer in three departments over several years.

In 2006 I won a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. I have always had a multidisciplinary approach to my work, having taught politics and International Relations, management, teacher training, English Language Teaching, modern foreign languages, European studies, and educational studies.

In 2006 I was appointed as one of 15 UK Socrates Erasmus Bologna Experts sponsored by the European Commission and the British Council. This involved promoting reform in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). I am the author of Europe, the State and Globalisation (Longman, 2005) and numerous books in the field of English Language Teaching and Business Communication.

I am Director of Postgraduate Programmes in York Management School.

I occasionally run half marathons and like listening to the music of Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, and Radiohead.

Briferendum Aftermath Series

EU agencies: a Brexit loss nobody's talking about

Apr 14, 2017 02:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Brexit doesnt only mean the UK leaving the European Union, the single European market, the European Economic Area, the customs union, the European Investment Bank and the European Atomic Energy Community. There are also...

The European Republic: a bold vision to save the union

Mar 20, 2017 14:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The outstanding successes of the European Union are its historic contribution to peace and reconciliation across the continent, its post-Cold War role in the ongoing transformation of 14 former dictatorships into...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

What the government's plans for a hard Brexit mean for the UK's universities

Jan 24, 2017 15:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Business

Theresa Mays confirmation that Brexit means leaving the single market has been met with anxiety in many UK universities. The sector currently contributes 73 billion annually to the economy (2.8% of GDP), 757,000 jobs (2.7%...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Frozen like a rabbit in G20 headlights: Britain struggles to deal with Brexit

Sep 07, 2016 11:18 am UTC| Insights & Views

So Brexit means Brexit according to the UKs new prime minister, who has repeated this rhetoric for the benefit of world leaders at the G20. But Theresa Mays government seems frozen like a rabbit in headlights, desperately...

Briferendum Series

What has the EU ever done for us?

Apr 08, 2016 07:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

Think labour protection, enhanced social welfare, smoke-free workplaces, equal pay legislation, holiday entitlement, and the right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime. Also consumer protection, product...

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Economy

Eurozone PMI moderation in June unlikely to derail growth, high consumer confidence suggests strong year ahead

The headline IHS Markit Eurozone PMI fell from a joint six-year high of 56.8 in May to a five-month low of 55.7 in June, according to the preliminary flash estimate released earlier today. Data missed economists forecasts...

Eurozone periphery bonds mixed post higher-than-expected German manufacturing PMI

The Eurozone periphery bonds traded mixed Friday after reading a higher-than-expected rise in the German manufacturing PMI for the month of June, released earlier today. The benchmark German 10-year bond yields, which...

USD/TWD likely to hold around 30.40–30.70 range in the near-term, says Commerzbank

The USD/TWD currency pair is expected to hold at levels of around 30.40-30.70 in the coming months after the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (CBC) remained on hold, Commerzbank reported. The Central Bank...

New Zealand bonds gain at close tracking U.S. Treasuries post rise in initial jobless claims

The New Zealand bonds ended on the upside after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) remained unchanged in its monetary policy decision, revealed early today while maintaining a balanced outlook of the economy. At the...

EUR/USD likely to reach 1.06 by end-2018, says Commerzbank

The EUR/USD is expected to reach a level of 1.06 by the end of next year, having downside potential. Most of the analysts arguing for 1.20-ish levels simply extrapolate the medium-term upward trend in EUR/USD. Even the...

Politics

US under Trump Series: Trump pours on cold water on 'Comey tapes' speculation

With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump poured cold water over the hot speculations that has been brewing for months that there are tapes of conversations between him and the former FBI director James Comey. After...

Why Lesotho's in such a mess and what can be done about it

In an interview following his recent return as Prime Minister of Lesotho, Tom Thabane has blamed the army for the countrys chronic political instability. Stating that his previous administration (after an election in 2012)...

US under Trump Series: US department of Justice launches investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal

According to a Fox News report, which was confirmed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

Data Of Almost 200M Americans Collected By GOP Leaked, No Protection Whatsoever

When collecting data from citizens for use in things like winning elections, it makes sense to afford hoard with heavyweight protection. Not only did the GOP fail to do this, which led to the leak of data of 198 million...

Julius Caesar in our times

All the worlds a stage, Shakespeare once wrote. In recent weeks, that Shakespearean adage has been particularly resonant, with the New York Public Theaters production of Julius Caesar attracting worldwide scrutiny...

Science

Elon Musk Tells Climate Change Deniers To Get A Thermometer

The vast majority of scientists agree that climate change is real and that it is being sped up by human activity, theres no debate there. Unfortunately, there are still those with influence in the political sphere that...

Scientist Say Lack Of Funding Is Biggest Obstacle To Immortality

For centuries, humanity has been searching for ways to live longer, resist diseases, and generally have a happier life. Throughout the centuries, people thought that the biggest challenge to discovering the secret to...

Electric Cars Can Also Power Buildings When Parked, Researchers Say

It seems there is one more reason to get an electric car other than to protect the environment. According to researchers, vehicles running on electricity can also power buildings without suffering battery drain or...

10% Of US Energy Harvested From Renewables, There Is Hope

When President Donald Trump announced that he was going to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, hardly anyone was surprised. Even so, many still despaired regarding the future of renewable energy. Fortunately, it seems...

Driverless Cars Gets Neil deGrasse Tyson Seal Of Approval

As one of the most popular and beloved scientific figures in the world, if Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson says that a particular scientific trend is great, most people tend to pay attention. Thats why his words of...

Technology

Valve’s New Knuckles VR Controller Supports All Five Fingers

Right now, the most responsive VR controller in the market is arguably the Oculus Touch, but it does come with a few issues. For one thing, it doesnt provide support for individual digits on the hands. With Valves new VR...

Get $120 Off Of Unlockable iPhone SE At Virgin Mobile

While the iPhone SE is not exactly the sexiest product in Apples lineup, its still a functional smartphone with decent features. Customers who would like to get their hands on the device for cheap can buy it for $120 off....

Caltech Creates Cameras Without Lenses, Thinner Smartphones Coming Up

Just when it was thought that smartphones could not get any thinner, Caltech engineers just had to be creative and muck everything up. By creating a camera technology that does not require a lens, these Brainiacs basically...

Steam Summer Sale Is Here And Dark Souls III Is At 60% Off

As promised, the annual Steam Summer Sale is here and boy does it deliver on the hype. Multiple AAA games are up for grabs at ridiculously low prices, along with their various DLCs and extra features. Some indie titles...

Steam Summer Sale Date Has Been Announced, Extra Discount Via PayPal

Every year, PC gamers look forward to the Steam Summer Sale, which has become something of a holiday to fans. This years launch date has already been announced and its set for June 22nd. This means that gamers will try in...
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June 23 14:30 UTC Released

USECRI Weekly Annualized*

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3.4 %

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3.7 %

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USECRI Weekly Index*

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143.7 %

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144.0 %

June 26 08:00 UTC 21212121m

GBIfo Expectations*

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106.5 k

June 26 08:00 UTC 21212121m

DEIfo Business Climate*

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114.4 bln BRL

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114.6 bln BRL

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DEIfo Expectations*

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106.4 %

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106.5 %

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DEIfo Current Conditions*

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123.3 mln

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123.2 mln

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GBIfo Expectations*

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40.750 k

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BRBBA Mortgage Approvals

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40.750 k

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BRBBA Mortgage Approvals

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84.2 k

June 26 11:00 UTC 23012301m

RUFGV Consumer Conf*

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84.2 %

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