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)

Friday, March 2, 2012

What is the matter with people working in higher education?

The NTEU (National Tertiary Education Industry Union) has just announted the results of their survey of workplace bullying at the University of New South Wales.

They reported that a large number of UNSW employees had experienced or witnessed bullying behaviour in the workplace - unfair treatment, public humiliation, arbitrary misues of power, repeated shouting, swearing and threatening behaviour.

They also found:-
  • 552 respondents with the vast majority of them had experienced or witnessed bullying.
  • Many staff fear speaking up about being bullied and would like to leave UNSW
  • Staff on fixed-term contracts are particularly vulnerable to bullying.
  • Some line managers were reported as exhibiting highly prejudicial behaviour and attitudes that breach criminal, industrial, OHS and anti-discrimination laws.
  • 66.2% of respondents were women
  • 70% report that the bullying is ongoing.
The survey on this website has reported similar findings to the UNSW one.

What happens - does the education coming in one ear push any morality, respect and basic humanity out the other ear??


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


  2. This means the UoN's world ranking has gone up to No. 1. Congrats!