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)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fantasy at the University of Newcastle

If you heard the following, what would you think?

  • Senior academic has valuable items stolen from their office
  • A research group of academics physically prevent a group member from entering a group meeting
  • Departmental staff are surveyed to find out how upsetting it is for them to just see a fellow academic, let alone speak to them.
  • A senior academic uses data from patients without their consent or knowledge
  • Ongoing sexual harassment of students by an academic is "covered up" by the head of school.
  • Academics present student research as their own work, without acknowledgement.
  • A whistleblower who reported misconduct to their line manager is suddenly shunned by fellow academics throughout Australia.

Someone's imagination running away with them?
A novelist writing a crime novel?
Someone's vivid dreams?

Believe it or not, these are all real events that have happened at the University of Newcastle! Novelists, don't worry about imagining facts - Truth is definitely stranger than fiction!


  1. I was a senior academic bullied out of the UoN and i was a victim of at least two of the above-mentioned. THIS IS TRUTH, NOT FICTION. University of Newcastle! Novelists can keep inventing their fiction, but I will also keep telling the truth of my suffering and victimisation at their hands and no one can stop me.

  2. Apparently this trickles down to the student body because the three biggest workplace bullies I have ever known are graduates of Newcastle. These pathetic souls are working outside of Oz, but they're setting global standards in office ruthlessness. They're living proff that the fish rots from the head down.