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)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


The Newcastle Herald has reported on the “real” employment figures In the Hunter.
“Academics at the University of Newcastle described spending years as ‘‘sessional’’ casuals, and of spending a decade or more on rolling contracts, never able to gain permanent ‘‘tenure’’. “

It is widely known that the University of Newcastle has one of the highest rates of casuals of any of the universities in Australia.  That suits the current management style.  If you are a casual, the university can pick you up and discard you in any way it chooses.

Anyone who speaks up about ANYTHING will just be dropped by the University – we have been contacted by a number of casuals who say this. 

“Union officials described a world in which casual workers were almost invariably too scared to speak up about workplace wrongs because they knew they would lose their jobs if they did.”

What an ideal situation for the senior managers here  - THEY DO NOT EVEN NEED A REASON TO GET RID OF YOU!!
Calling all researchers investigating casual labour – casuals at this university
 could tell you a thing or two!!


  1. A victim of Scott HolmesFebruary 24, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    I'd like to recommend that you investigate about the history of Scott Holmes amongst the students and staff at the UON. Holmes is the Dean of Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). I am sure I wouldn't be the only person who has been bullied out by this person and his crew in the Office of Graduate Studies as I was informed by a couple of other victims at the UNi whom have been mistreated and victimised by this person and his colleagues.

    I'd like to send out a report regarding my case to you to publish it in the website in order to notify other students and staff that how much dangerous this man- Scott Holmes could be. He has been contributing with my supevisor to bully me and get me out of my studies.

    I came across some links regarding the previous Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor but I didn't see anything regarding the Dean of OGS and his bad history in finishing off so many good student's lives.

    He has unlimited power and authority on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor to make the final decision for too many innocent students to terminate the students and report them to DIAC immediately. The bad news is the new Vice-Chancellor-McMillan is not better than Nick Saunders and she has been refusing to answer to letters from students whom their studies has been destroyed by Scott Holmes' decision.

    I'm really surprised to see that no-one has written anything about this man. He's quite a famous character with a long reputation in bullying and victimising research students.

    1. I concur. I was bullied by him. I have some business to finish off and then I will tell MY story of bullying by the above-named person.

  2. I have heard several people telling me how they were treated. They were not pretty stories.

  3. I was Bullied out by Scott HOlmesFebruary 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Anonymous 24 FEb: I'm really happy that you know this person very well and I'm sad how he has mistreated you and destoryed your career. Could you please ask your friends to publish their stories in this website, in case they are intersted to get their voice heard. I think It is time to take an action against this person and his pupets in Chancellery and the Office of Graduate Studies.

    A person like Scottie Holmes must not be in this sensitive position to play with students and staffs' lives. Accoding to my investigation about his network, he is a member of 'The Gang of Four'. This gang is made of four persons who are amongst the most powerful and most dodgiest senior managers at the University of Newcastle.
    In my case, Scott Holmes made a scenario behind the closed doors and played it with a nice contribution of the other three ones. They are such an incredible life destroyers.

    One of his friends- Mike Calford- the Depuy Vice Chancellor-(Research) has recently announced in his webpage that he's expert in doing 'sterategic reserach'!
    It means that they make a sterategic plan for your career and destroy your life as sterategic as possible. Someone must remind them that here is 'University of Newcastle'. It's not 'pentagon'. I suggest 'Pentagon' branches out in Newcasle and employ our buddies- Scottie and his friends- to fight aganist al-Qaeda.

    Someone must teach our buddies at UON how to play fair. I hope their sterategic fake game will reach it's end very soon.

  4. If there is an investigation into the behaviour of people mentioned on this web site....I would like to provide information on my experiences.

    It is time that the Ombudsman does something.

  5. The above victim of Scott Holmes Feb 23, 2012 11:02 AM, I and many others would like to see your report as we also have reports to publish on this forum.

  6. I really, really hope that senior management are paying attention to those comments because all staff at the Uni should be feeling utterly ashamed that International students would be so aggrieved and frustrated with the system that they are being forced to air their grievances through the 'stop bullying at uon blogsite.'

    This really proves that the blogsite is providing a wonderful forum for those that have been treated so badly. Well done and do keep up the great work.

  7. As a lecturer who has seen first-hand the way many overseas students have been treated at the UoN, I am utterly ashamed and disgusted. Quite apart from the academic side of their problems which have been numerous, I have been told of students losing their precious $800 housing deposit and not being able to get it back because they have been told to shut up otherwise there'll be consequences for them. Nice and easy income for the uni, whose core business is EDUCATION! Do they still remember?!

  8. Apparently, and abusive environment among teachers must create abusive students who later go on to be abusive workers. The three very worst human beings I have ever known in my life are graduates of Newcastle Uni. They're not in Oz, though ... worse, they're out in the world contaminating their workplace with a level of toxicity I've never experienced before in my life. Now I think I understand the meaning of a students reflecting their teachers ... shame on Newcastle Uni, the Bully Factory.

  9. These reports are very disturbing. Has anyone commenting here had any experience of a senior university staff member mentioned here being a bully outside of the university in the greater community? People holding senior positions at UON need to set an example of good behaviour across the board.

    An investigation of the bulying issues by the Ombudsman would be a welcome move.

    1. Interesting comment - one of the "gang of four" mentioned above has a well known reputation for anger management issues, rorting the system (is he ever at work?) A disgrace to the UoN.

  10. I congratulate the UoN on being the exporter of bullies locally and off shore!

  11. I'd rather call the "gang of four" a pack of wolves for that's how they operate!

  12. The University of Newcastle: Australia's bully factory ...


  13. I agree that Scott Holmes was not only belligerent and ham fisted with decisions made about students but also that he was surprisingly flexible on some moral issues as well.