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)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An opportunity not to be missed

The new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, has stated that "the university is embarking on an ambitious NeW Directions process in 2012".   She also says that "we will define the vision of what we aspire to be by 2025, which will in turn shape our goals, priorities and lead strategies".

She is asking for "staff and community input" to NeW Directions.  Even those of us bullied out of our jobs at the University can have our say as "community input"!  She says this input is "important and there are many ways to get involved".

If she is sincere in valuing feedback. she has a golden opportunity to investigate, listen to and respond to the issues of bullying at this university.  There are too many of us to ignore.

Professor McMillen says she is "very much look(ing) forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts". 

Your new Vice-Chancellor NEEDS you!

So do as she asks - email newdirections@newcastle.edu.au or "email her directly"  (caroline.mcmillen@newcastle.edu.au

Follow updates on the NeW Directions website and weekly updates "From the VC's desk".  


  1. Bullied out of the School of Biomedical science and pharmacy-UoN because of my backgroundMay 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    My personal experience with my case and McMillen' approach towards it says that 'She's not different compared to the previous VC.' She's as hopeless as Nikolas.
    She's got no bones to stand up in front of Bullying and victimisation.

    New Directions from 2012 to 2025 seems interesting, specially when we think of how many students and staff will be bullied out of the UoN by 2025? This is a question that I want to ask from the new VC. What sterategies she aims to apply to this extremely week and sick system at UON in order to revolutionise it and prevent victimising more innocent humane beings? I doubt if she even thinks about this kind of stuff..

    She says in her long speech: 'We are leaders in providing access and bulding participation for bright students whatever their background.'

    I'm so sorry I can't be more polite than this dear Caroline but in response to your comment, I must say this is absolutely a big bullsh** as I'm an alive evidence of a person who has been bullied out specifically because of my BACKGROUND.

    So, 'whatever their background is' seems to be a big joke as we all know UoN has a long history in racial discrimination. An ingrained culture at the University of Newcastle.

  2. Unfortunately, I have to back you are up on what you are saying. I was hoping for a fresh change, but it looks like she's the same as her predecessors and has not distanced herself from the bullies. She's just repeating all the lies they told her. Shame on this dreadful regime under her. Her vision has China as the big carat in it, but she supports the downgrade of Chinese in another Australian first. This is so insulting and condescending to China, which is nothing but dollars signs to her. Shame on UoN under Caroline McMillen.

  3. Welcome to McMillenMay 4, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    I personaly would like towelcome to Prof.Caroline McMillen, the most hopeless vice-chancellor and the most disasterous presidnet of one the most well-organized centers of bully on the earth: 'Welcome to this big HELL, University of NEWCASTLE'

  4. Bullying at University of Newcastle is rife and scandalous that it's high time there was a parliamentary inquiry into it and the role played by the VCs and DVCs and PVCs and many of the HoSs and all of their cover-ups. There will be no shortage of witnesses!

    I want to sign up to be a witness RIGHT NOW before more careers and lives are destroyed. As a tax-payer, I call on the media and the government to do something about it RIGHT NOW to safeguard the integrity of higher education in this country.