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)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Respect - Workplace Behaviour" and The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is rolling out a series of workshops on "Respect - Workplace Behaviour"

As the HR blurb states,
"this workshop provides an overview of how anti-discrimination law and University diversity policies, including the Code of Conduct, impact on your workplace on a daily basis, specifically in relation to harassment and bullying.
The workshop includes the legal framework, your rights and responsibilities and realistic strategies for identifying and dealing with harassment and bullying. The workshop includes real life examples and case studies." (emphasis added).

Anyone at the University of Newcastle wanting to attend?   Here are the dates:-

9, 13, 15, 23, 27 February
6, 12, 14, 27, 28 March
17, 18 April

Perhaps the high number of workshops indicates the size of the problem of bullying and lack of respect at this University.

This is an opportunity to ask about "REALISTIC strategies".
Do any of these sound "realistic"? - make a complaint?? speak to HR?? speak to your boss?? speak to senior management?? etc etc 
These are not realistic because they have not worked at this University, as indicated in our survey and on this blog. What other strategies will they suggest?

So they want "real life examples"?  Here is an opportunity to tell them about our "real life examples", and our experiences of using"realistic strategies for identifying and dealing with the bullying" that  we have experienced!!


  1. academic bullied out of UoNFebruary 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Not only should the University attempt to expose some 'real life stories' of former staff members who have had their careers destroyed after their attempts at reporting discrimination, bullying etc. But they should ensure that the culprits responsible for the bullying and elimination of staff attend all sessions.

  2. I wish I had the opportunity to tell my "colleagues" how their bullying and harassment or the way they allowed the bullying and harassment to occur by pretending it didn't happen, affected me. I think it would be more compelling to hear from my children.
    Are you serious about this workshop Uni of Newcastle? Why not invite the authors of this website to attend? I would think these people are probably the best experts of "bullying at Newcastle University" you could get.

    1. I'm another academic bullied out of the UoN and I definitely support Michelle Adams' view. If the university's serious about this workshop, it should invite all the creators of this forum to address the workshop. True stories speaker much louder than the empty words the university's published. I know personally how my career was destroyed when the uni was spending so much money and manpower creating and publishing all the high-sounding policies against bullying, while I was being bullied, enslaved and discriminated against by my supervisors, including the head of school and his deputies and the various pro-vice chancellors (self-serving careerists?) and people even higher above watched and did nothing. it's high time the uni sacked the bullies. Action speaks louder than words.

  3. Since this website started the Uni of Newcastle has tried to silence it. Posters put up around the Uni advertising this web site were removed. Even a You Tube video on bullying was blocked in Australia by the Uni, even though it is available throughout the world and has been confirmed by You Tube as being completely legal. The Uni even threatened Australian Federal Police investigations......

    So I am sorry if I think that these workshops sound a bit of a joke....OK here is your chance....if you are serious about these workshops invite the authors of this website to speak....I know you want....you have done EVERYTHING you can to silence us.

  4. Let it be known that the courageous academics who have been bullied out of the UoN won't be silenced because we live in a democracy and we are determined to exercise our right to expose injustices.

  5. I agree with Anonymous Feb 18th. We will not be silenced. We will not go away. It might take time, but we are not going to just disappear.

  6. A resrach student who got bullied out by schoolFebruary 24, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    For long time, the university of Newcastle has been building up its reputation based on Bullying, victimisation and harassment of students and staff according to the evidence. I was told by one of the staff in charge of student complaints that a large number of graduate and undergraduate students who have been bullied out by this universiy are appealing to the ADT, Human right commission, NSW Ombudsman.

    One of the students has been even threatend by the Offie of Graduate Studies to be chased out though legal channels if she doesn't stop fighting against the Univrsity. Obviously, the only thing that student wished was willing to get justice and come back to her studies as her academic career was inhumanely terminated by the university.

    As a person whose life has been cruelly destroyed by the Uniersity of Newcastle, I must say, undoubtedly, this university could be one of the worst universities ever which is ruling the university and dominating students and staff with a similar policy as all the dictators in the middle-esat are ruling their empires.

    I'm comming from a country in the Middle East. The majority of people in my country have been tortured, imprisoned and executed by the government for ages and ages just because of fighting for equity, fairness, justice and freedom of speech. Interestingly, the way this university leaders act reminds me of this middle easterian dictatorship and their similar methods to rule their countries and also intending to rule the world with the same method as well.

    I underestand how disappointing it might be for Scott Holmes as the Dean of Grdauate Studies at UON and the rest of the UNi leaders to know they have been as cruel as middle-eastern dictators. Frankly speaking, when I look back at what happened for me after demonstrating for freedom and justice in my country and compare it to what happened for me during my studes at the UON, I dare to say the government leaders in my country are such a nice, lovey, kind hearted and peaceful governors with a huge world of humanity compared to the leaders at UON.

    UON senior managers could be truely great great empires in the Middle Esat. I propose they participate in the presidential selections in the Middle East. If they show their Resume, they will definitely get a high chance to win the selection compared to theirs rivals in the Middle East.

    I do appreciate UON leaders attitude since if I did not set my foot into this university, I would never underestand how dangerous, devastating and injourious the education could be in Australia and how lovely and peaceful living and breathing in my home country could be.

  7. A research student who got bullied out by school -part 2February 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    As I had a meticulous investigation in the history of the 'Masters of Bullying at the Univesity' I realised there is a 'Gang of Four' including Scott Holmes (as the greatest bullied ever) who have been pioneers and leaders in bullying and victimising students. I think it would be also a very good idea to run some workshops by Scottei Holmes and his friends to teach us their valubale experiences that they have achieved during these years. These precious experiences of how they have been trying to manage the university with their excellent policies and 'realistic sterategies' will definitely blow up our mindes and brighten up our lives! It will probably makes us to be as expert as them in torturing humilating, haressing, abusing and vilifying innocent human beings, making them vegetables, making them to lose their job,their studies, their aim, their wish, their dearest ones, destroying them physically and mentally, putting them in the mental house and eventually vanishing them for ever from the earth pretending they neer existed in this world. Such a unique educated and sophisticated criminal murdurers the UON leaders could be!

    We also might be good candidates for elections or for canniballism then after attendance those wonderful workshops if we exactly listen to UON senior manager's advise. It all depends in how generous UON senior managers would be in sharing their lovely experiences with us.

    Don't forget to bring over the yellow stickers with you . We might need to take notes and write their priceless advises down in order to publish it in future and transfer it to the next generation of ours. Our grandsons will be truly indebted to us :)

  8. The uni complaints manager only takes advice from the bosses who were the subjects of our complaints - our two complaints got quashed before anyone contacted US for verification of the "facts". The whole process has been a complete white wash. So why bother complaining to anyone when you don't get anywhere. It's better we put our cases here in this forum so at least people know there are real complaints that are crying for attention.

  9. The uni complaints mechanism is a joke. I know from my experience that I not only lost my case, but was blacklisted - my work was undermined and things spiralled out of control and now I'm jobless.

  10. Well, the "gang of four" share several millions in bonus pay every year from the vast profits the uni makes from overseas and Australian students. A good reason to stick together for their fabulous cause. I'd like t get an invite into their mansions one day or I'll just invite myself as a beggar for alms now that i'm on the scrap heap. I hope they won't unleash their dogs on me. If they do, I'll recite them a paragraph from the uni webpage they designed about how they support humanitarian causes.

  11. University of Newcastle: Australia's Bully Factory

  12. And the media, in particular, know it.

  13. Exporter of bullies locally and internationallly.

  14. How can respect feature in a vampire pit? What a joke!