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)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fairy tales!

Once upon a time, there was a woman who worked at a university – she had been working there for a long time as a tutor and researcher but she always worked on short-term part-time contracts.
While she was employed as a researcher at the uni, she had discussions with the head of school and the course-coordinator about her contracts for the upcoming semester, the high number of students and the increased number of hours she would work with these students.
All was well in this happy university-land – the woman worked hard and harmoniously with both staff and students and she was considered a valuable member of staff.  Her upcoming tutoring with the students was organised.
Then one day before semester began, this woman was told by another employee in the school that the university would not allow her to be employed again.  No reason was given.
As with all good fairy tales, the school staff and students gathered together to slay the dragon – they marched on the chancellery, refusing to do their own work until this woman’s contract was put in place and she could work again.  In the spirit of all fairy tales, this woman continued working there and they all worked happily together forever in their ivory tower …………………..
What a lovely fairy tale that ended so happily for everyone – readers by now will be misty-eyed!!
So what REALLY happened at the University of Newcastle?  This woman’s contract was not renewed and she had to disappear.  So much for fairy tales!


  1. Stories from UoN are TRAGEDIES not FAIRY TALES.

  2. My uni career here has been a horrendous tragedy. When I joined I thought it was a real fairyland, Now, it's very bit a grave yard and I can see people busy making it a grave yard for many people. The comments on this blog make a chilling reading. I fear even more for the poor overseas students as they have no recourse to any assistance and compensation here. It's such a sad place....