Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Money money money

According to the ABC, the University is investigating "a staff member for allegedly making fraudulent claims against research grant monies". 

Apparently the University has established a Committee of Inquiry to investigate these claims BUT this Committee cannot impose a "disciplinary sanction on the staff member and it will be up to the relevant Deputy Vice Chancellor to decide if there will be any action".
  • What about all the other "claims"/ "uses" of research money at this University - is anyone investigating those?
  • What about the taxpayers' money that the University uses to pay lawyers and barristers to quietly get rid of "undesirable" staff who refuse to behave unethically?
  • What about the money the University pays to external investigators to "objectively" investigate complaints?
  • What about the money spent on lawyers so that our Youtube clip could be blocked?
  • What about the money spent on engaging "external agencies" to "manage" the distress that anti-bullying emails and posters are causing?

 No wonder the Newcastle Herald stated that that the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen "started amid controversies"........
and these money issues are only the tip of the iceberg!!!


  1. I've often wondered where the money's gone. My teaching area's been squeezed out of existence with savage staff cuts.

  2. I have been very stressed by the hundreds of viagra/penis enlargement emails I received every day and I want the uni to spend some money engaging "external agencies" to "manage" the distress that these emails are causing me.

  3. North Korea and China are the only countries where YouTube is blocked. What league has the UoN action put Australia in? What has the university got to hide?

  4. I loved the YouTube clip featuring the old VC. It's very clever in the way it drives the message home. Why the hell can't we have it back now that the guy's gone?

  5. It's funny the outsiders (including many staff) can see the problems so clearly, but the insiders keep denying any problems exist at all. It's a real case of the emperor's new clothes. Perhaps someone ought to take a photo of the emperor without his clothes on to show them. That day may just come.

  6. It doesn't look like the feds can find anything wrong with this very useful resource-rich website. Everything that's said here is kosher. Tell the uni managers to get stuffed.

  7. I'd rather see the unethical behaviour exposed than have it hidden just to keep the managers in power.