Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The University of Newcastle could learn a thing or two from the BBC and its treatment of Jeremy Clarkson

A man verbally and physically abuses another member of staff - that is not unusual.  BUT the man concerned is Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear, an internationally renowned TV program. 

Top Gear is extremely lucrative for the BBC.  Despite this, the BBC has gone ahead and refused to renew his contract.  YES - THE BBC HAVE ACTED AGAINST THE BULLY!

At the University of Newcastle, a staff member can abuse another member of staff or a student.
  • What happens to the bully?  Promotion, awards, support of colleagues.
  • What happens to the bullying target? Harassed further by other members of staff up the chain and ends up probably without a job, possibly gagged by the University, in poor mental and physical health and unable to work or continue their studies.  
  • Does it make a difference that Clarkson abused the producer in public?
  • Does it make a difference that physically abused the producer?
At the University of Newcastle, it does not seem to matter if the bully abuses another person in front of staff or students.  It is still the target who is destroyed.
Physical abuse, which does not often happen in the rarefied academic atmosphere of the University of Newcastle, is totally unacceptable.
However, the type of bullying favoured by the University is exclusion, isolation and ostracism - research shows that this has a more negative effect on the target than verbal or physical bullying.

The University of Newcastle LOVES rankings - where would it rank in the NOT-ACTING-AGAINST-BULLYING rankings????

Monday, March 23, 2015

David Yamada writes

"One of my central observations is that many of the "best" workplace abusers -- the ones who get their prey and continually evade being held responsible -- are calculating, committed, and smart planners. With task-oriented surgical precision and detachment, they plot and scheme. Like the serial killer who manages to escape capture, they're usually a step or three ahead of everyone else.
Some enable themselves by occupying positions where they can devote "quality time" to planning. While others do real work or otherwise conduct their lives, the expert bullies use chunks of time to assess and strategize, often obsessively so. They also find ways to access, control, and manipulate information and resources to which others, especially their targets, are not privy. This means, of course, that they need organizational sponsors who enable them or at least let them have free reign."
Does this sound familiar to those of you harassed, bullied and ostracised by staff at the University of Newcastle?
Power-hungry staff who will use and abuse anyone who gets in their way to the top.
Power-hungry staff who know the other power-hungry staff who will collude together to destroy anyone who gets in their way.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

University of Newcastle and plagiarism

"The University of Newcastle - ... - confirmed it had expelled two students and suspended a further eight for using the MyMaster service. A total of 31 students were found to have breached the university's academic misconduct protocol, deputy vice-chancellor Andrew Parfitt said."

Does the University of Newcastle only take action when students plagiarise?

Does the University of Newcastle only take action when these issues are raised in the media?

What happens about the plagiarism by academic staff (yes, staff) and students at the University?
  • senior lecturer reported plagiarism "against two fellow academics" (lecturer subsequently gagged by the university".  Six years after she made it, her complaint was upheld.  However the University of Newcastle said the plagiarism was only 'minor' and the offender got nothing more than a slap on the wrist"
  • senior lecturer "supported a student in a plagiarism claim, this time against another student" (lecturer subsequently gagged by the university).
  • lecturer told by senior academic staff to "ignore student plagiarism" (lecturer lost job at university).
  • casual staff member recently "watched another casual be dismissed for uncovering student plagiarism and preventing a cover-up"
  • "one former Newcastle academic at the rally said she had complained about plagiarism and been told to "shut up about it" "
  • "two academics fro the Graduate School of Business are accused of not attributing a student's work in an application for a research grant"
  • "I initially reported what was a clear and simple case of student plagiarism but within a couple of days ... the victimisation started.  I was branded a trouble maker".
  • Blowing the whistle on plagiarism has almost always been at the centre of this unacademic and unethical behaviour by administration, starting with the victimisation of Michael Spautz who discovered a colleague had plagiarised his doctoral thesis."
  • "Two of my fellow colleagues.. have been removed from teaching positions... The first was removed after reporting plagiarism from a student to the course co-cordinator, and then the head of school when nothing was done about it.  No action has been taken on the plagiarism, but the tutor was given a warning, and told they will not be invited to teach the course again."
  • and more
  • and more.....
Gary Kennedy (previously of Trades Hall Council) stated that "I have no doubts the university has problems with bullying especially with sexual harassment and when people speak up about plagiarism".

What about the Bayley-Jones doctoral degree scandal - she was awarded a PhD despite the fact that she had already submitted the same work for a degree at a British university.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

University of Newcastle ranked 37 out of 39 Australian universities

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The University of Newcastle, as we know, loves rankings (whilst professing not to compare itself to others!).

In the latest rankings, the University is ranked at number 37 in Australia.  Why?

"The university was built in the middle of a mosquito-infested swamp. Smart move."

Do they mean "swamp" as in

"a tract of wet, spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation, but unfit for cultivation."
 "A situation or place fraught with difficulties and imponderables"
Perhaps this definition is more apt than we first thought:-
  • "growth of certain types" (of people who bully, collude and cover-up)
  • "unfit for cultivation"!
  • "fraught with difficulties and imponderables" !

Friday, March 13, 2015

Monitoring this website

Image result for wasting tax money 

How much does the University of Newcastle pay Google to monitor this website?

Does the public know that it is their money that is being spent on this EXTREMELY DANGEROUS website?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

University of Newcastle flying high in the rankings

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The University of Newcastle loves its rankings - a quick look at the uni website will confirm this.

So..... good news for the University.  It can be ranked up there with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Many of the "dangerous" behaviours identified in an investigation into the iconic National Health Service are exactly the same as those found at the University of Newcastle - 
From the NHS investigation report:- 
  • workers "who blow the whistle on substandard and dangerous practices are being ignored, bullied or even intimidated in a 'climate of fear.'" 
  • "staff who have sounded the alarm about dangerous practices have found themselves shunned, suspended and sacked by hospital bosses instead of having their concerns taken seriously. "
  • "I’ve spoken to people who have not only lost their jobs, their livelihood, they’ve not been able to find other jobs to do. And I’m afraid in some cases have felt suicidal and become ill as a result.”
These are eerily similar to those behaviours and consequences identified in our survey, in submissions to the Parliamentary Workplace Bullying Inquiry and comments on this website.
BUT (and it is a BIG BUT)
Spot the difference!  
The NHS is implementing new procedures to create the right conditions for their staff to speak up and to deal with matters when things go wrong. 
The University of Newcastle continues to deny that bullying takes place and will not meet and discuss issues with staff and students.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Visitors to our site

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We have now had over 190,000 visitors to this website.

The majority of visitors have been from Australia, followed by the USA and then the United Kingdom.

No doubt there are some individuals who frequently visit this website - senior management at the University of Newcastle, Google Headquarters from Mountainview, California (thanks to the University of Newcastle) and maybe even some of those staff members that have harassed and bullied us. 

190,000 visitors is impressive and indicates the extent of interest in bullying at the University of Newcastle.