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)

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Vision?

In today's paper, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, has spoken of her new vision which includes a "new international Centre of Excellence at the University of Newcastle".

Is she thinking about a new International Centre of Excellence in Bullying?


  1. In this week’s Campus Review the University of Queensland says it will make public a report on ethical reforms it is undertaking to redeem its creditability in the wake of last year’s nepotism scandal. Acting vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry told Campus Review the report, to be completed by late this year, would be provided first to the university community and then released publicly.

    It will document the university's progress on a new integrity and accountability reform program, officially announced last Thursday but underway for several months. It will not reveal more details about the controversial admission of a close relative of former vice-chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield into UQ's medical school, however, despite deep interest in exactly what went wrong at the sandstone university.

    What about all the relatives of staff at the UoN, which is notorious for having husband-wife teams in the same unit/school/faculty, etc.? Will the UoN start taking some actions to stop this plague spreading (by which I don't mean more policy statements)? Will that be part of the VC's New Directions?

  2. The recent promotion of known bullies is further proof of the saying "getting there through walking over dead bodies".

    New vision? Definitely!

  3. To Caroline McMillen upon reading her New Directions for the UoN:

    "Who does not know the truth, is simply a fool...yet who Knows the truth and calls it a lie, is a criminal."

    - In Galileo Galilei by Berthold Brecht (1898-1956)

  4. New vision with experienced bullies and those who rose to power when the ex-DVC (academic and global relations) in charge!?