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, June 14, 2012

Cutting down on student and union input to Council

University of Newcastle has very quietly reduced student and union representation on the governing council of the Uni.  Once there were four.  Now there are two!
What is the effect of this?  According to the article in the Herald,
"The laws required a two-thirds majority vote to pass the move, meaning the votes of student and staff representatives were eclipsed by the votes of up to 15 other members."

According to Bert Groen (NTEU acting president), "the problem is that other council members often have a business perspective and little or dated knowledge of the realities of universities".

"Newcastle University Student Association president Heather Richards said it would be detrimental to student representation."

"Cessnock MP Clayton Barr said students should have significant representation."
"Greens MP John Kaye said the laws would hand universities to corporations."
BUT ALL IS WELL - "The state government said the laws gave universities more flexibility."
Is this "more flexibility" to bend decisions the way universities wants?

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