Can no senior members of the University of Newcastle identify bullying and harassment, despite its frequency and impact?
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.
Help make a difference –
*answer our survey,
*contribute to the blog, or
This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.
“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 31, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Face-painting? - in line with university poster policy.
Laser-tag? - in line with university poster policy.
Clairvoyant Reading? - in line with university poster policy.
Anti-Bullying? - NOT in line with university poster policy
Thursday, March 24, 2011
SIX Macquarie University staff have demanded an official apology from their VC for not acting on claims of bullying in one research centre.
They had pursued their claims up the hierarchy to their Vice Chancellor but no action was taken.
In the survey on bullying at the University of Newcastle on this website (165 respondents),
- 13.4% made a complaint and it was found to be "unjustified"
- 51.8% reported that no action was taken by their supervisor or by Human Resources.
But wait a minute, 4.5% of the survey respondents had made a complaint and were satisfied with the outcome....... Did they get as far as our VC Professor Nick Saunders? Do they have a secret method that 95.5% of the other respondents don't know about?
Monday, March 21, 2011
Based on our straw poll (taking an average of the categories provided), the number of people known to have left due to bullying is 121.
From our survey with 165 respondents so far,
- 11.6% have asked for a transfer within the university
- 42.8% are thinking of leaving or have already left.
No matter how the statisticians try to re-interpret these numbers, even if one person leaves due to bullying surely this is too many?
Monday, March 7, 2011
In fairness to staff and students who may not have been aware of our campaign over the end of year/new year closure/break, we will continue to leave the survey open to anyone who wishes to participate. Your responses are confidential and we are not collecting any identifying information (including ISP addresses). We would value your responses and hope that all the information we gather can be used to stop bullying at this university.
If you know of anyone who has been bullied at this university, please alert them to this website and survey in case they may wish to respond. The link to the survey can be found on the right-hand side of this website.