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)

Monday, June 11, 2012

In the interests of safety, please sit down before reading this!

Nick Saunders has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's birthday honours list.


For distinguished service to medicine and to higher education through administration and clinical leadership roles and as a significant contributor to national academic and professional organisations.

Should we tell the Queen about our experiences of his "leadership"?


  1. I will be spitting on his tombstone for the bullying I was subjected to at the UoN under his leadership and for having my academic career, my whole life destroyed!

  2. Really??? He went in with a job to do. He did it. Well! Perhaps you could look to within yourself and ask why the victim mentality. Nick Saunders cut the fat from the University of Newcastle, and turned it into a viable successful enterprise. Simple.

    1. I guess that was the attitude of the US when they nuked Japan in WWII....so a few people were innocent victims on the way, as long the job is done.

    2. Anonymous June 11, 2012 1:20 PM

      You must be a person who values money over higher education.

      I'm just curious, but did you happen to take a slice of the millions made?

    3. Posterity has revealed that the University has had a great deal of funding slashed because of a lack of actual academic performance. The actual academic index not the one they seem to be so good at.

      This is why it is not a good idea to listen to the current crowd at the top. They have misled and misrepresented everyone.

      In commodifying human life and degenerating to a dollars and sense mentality, the current crop of managers have injured many innocent and worthwhile people.

      In addition they have put into position a schedule where they cannot hope to survive for much longer than their victims.

      The whole place is a write off and thank God it is not my fault. What the constructors of this nightmare have not taken into account the ability for people to remember names and places.

      Fate has a way of turning tables. One decent royal commission into academic misconduct at the University and there are a few "respectable" people I know are going to be finished.

  3. He did his job all right. At what cost? Was he a successful CEO of a profit-making corporation? Is that corporation called the UoN?

    Just look at the UAI scores of Bachelor of Arts at Callaghan campus alone for a real verdict on his reign: 2009 - 67.05; 2010 - 60.4 and 2011 and 2012??? And the ranking in the country? They are climbing up the corporate money ladder indeed.

    Have a read of the comments on this blogsite and you can congratulate him on the truckload of cash he's made the uni.

    Success without acclaim!

  4. There'll soon be a delegation of brilliant former UoN academics whose lives have been destroyed, protesting at Buckingham Palace.

  5. Did he nominate himself?