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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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)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spot the difference!

Edith Cowan University - Misconduct Committee accuses Associate Professor of not crediting co-authors in five publications.
University of Newcastle - Senior Lecturer accuses academic staff member in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences of not crediting co-authors on four publications (acknowledged in IRC in 2009).

Edith Cowan University - Associated Professor's employment terminated.
University of Newcastle - Academic staff member was counselled.

Edith Cowan University - No repercussions for Misconduct Committee who brought the charges.
University of Newcastle - Major repercussions for Senior Lecturer who brought the charges (employment terminated)..

Edit Cowan University -   Accused academic sacked from the university
Unviersity of Newcastle - Accused academic PROMOTED at the university.


  1. To Michelle Adams: Could you please shoot the number of one attorney whose is familiar with fantastic policies of the UoN in victimisung studenst and staff? I would like to seek her/his legal advise? can s/he do Probano work for a student who her studies has been unfarily terminated by the university and has no money or any financial support from the family side?

    You have put it here in this webiste before but I can't find where it was.

    WE all fight for the justice to come out someday.

    Thanks a lot Michelle

  2. I hate University of NewcastleMarch 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    No surprise!!! UoN has a long reputation in promoting Bullies according to the history.

  3. feeling desperateMarch 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Here is another joke about the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, previously headed by John Germov. This school has a School Wellness Program
    "In the School of Humanities and Social Science, we aim to provide a work environment that is hospitable, collegial and supportive of staff and students. Our School Wellness Program addresses both the professional and personal needs of our academic and general staff through the following measures: etc".
    This is the school where bullying and harassment flourish, according to our survey and this website.
    The usual University of Newcastle tactic - "as long as it is in writing.............."!

    1. The difference between rhetoric and reality - some of us who worked there know what survival involves - backstabbing and undermining colleagues, buttering up to the powerful, tipping off new arrivals about who to be associated with and who not to and ganging up with the in-group for research grants, etc.

  4. Poor Professor Li of ECU was at the wrong university!