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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“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, June 1, 2012

An Open Letter to Professor McMillen, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle

Dear Caroline (you used our first names in your email to us so we will too)

Thank you for your email about the Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund.  It may come as a surprise to you that many of us cannot help - why?  because we have been bullied out of our jobs and careers at the University of Newcastle and are no longer able to work.

You speak about the "transformative power of education".  We agree with you on this - the problem is that we have seen senior staff at the University of Newcastle being "transformed" by their education to become power-hungry and colluding employees who use bullying, harassment and discrimination against anyone who reports dishonest and corrupt behaviour.

Your email asks for funding for "inspirational students determined to follow their dreams against all odds".  Can staff and students who have been bullied out of the University apply for this funding? 

Many of us were outstanding members of staff with good publication records and appreciative students.  We also wanted to follow our dreams and still do but now it is "against all odds":  Many of us are fighting against physical and psychological illness.  Some of us have considered suicide; for many of us the bullying we have experienced has destroyed our families and friends. 

So, Caroline, thank you for your kind invitation but NO.

"Best wishes"


  1. Kate Hartig - former geography senior lecturerJune 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Well written!! This is an amazing letter and on behalf of the many staff and students who have been bullied out of the University for demonstrating integrity and ethical values I wish to support the opinions expressed.

  2. Dedicated to fight against the University of NewcastleJune 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Yes, They want us to give money to the University of Newcastle. So, they can bully, victimise and kick out more students and staff from the University in future.

    They're asking help to get fund in order to destroy more innocent people because they just don't want to be alone in committing their crimes.

    Don't worry Caroline, Rest assured that I will definitely help you in person. you know HOW? I will dedicate the rest of my life to fight against bully, harassment and unethical behaviour of the UoN students and staff which is controlled by your as the Vice-chancellor of this dirty place.

    Good luck with begging for money to fill the University's pocket in order to kill off more and more and more innocent people.

    Bully is a crime and we have to ask the Parliament to come up with a new rule in order to imprison the bullies as in the Victoria state the bully can end up in the jail for 10 years or so. WE have to ask for the jail punishment for the University of Newcastle senior managers. In my view, they must be chased out legally because of what they have done to many many lives. I can't believe how cheeky they could be to ask for money in order to survive longer and nourish their ill system further and further.

    1. Dear Carol (you endeared us by using our first names without asking for our permission, we feel obliged to follow suit!), so many of us had pinned all of our hopes on you because we were suffocating to death under the former regime, but you haven't taken long to dash our hopes. You have been willingly repeating the lies fed to you and by siding with the known bullies so you have got your hands dirty already. Let me reassure you that there will be an army of academic staff and students bullied out of the UoN writing to the parliamentary inquiry into bullying and the UoN will be asked many questions and your name will be there as the leader of the UoN known for its bullying. You don't need to go far for evidence - the very existence of this blog speaks volumes about it. Like the contributor to the blog before me, your actions have made sure that I will spend the rest of my life fighting against the bullying at the UoN, wherever I will be. May you sleep in peace at night - there might be a knock on your door as there are so many wronged ghosts buried under your temple!

    2. To the bullies of the UoN, let me tell you this: you will never get a single cent out of me for what you have done to my colleagues, our students and my own career in the name of higher education just to get yourself big promotions and fat salaries. My family, friends and like-minded collogues and students will tell the parliamentary inquiry and the whole world what is happening RIGHT NOW at the UoN.

    3. Hi bullies, we know you are busy coming up with more programs, workshops and more policies to make yourselves look kosher. We know you've never been kosher and are terrified of an inquiry. That is why you are trying to cover your dirty tracks. We'll get you and be ready for it.

  3. Bitter and angry but never giving upJune 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    We women who have been bullied out of Newcastle Uni were particularly hopeful about having a woman as the VC. We had such hopes that you would see through the old boys' club rubbish and realise what is happening at the uni. Surely you don't want your name forever associated with the bullying and collusion that goes on here?
    It must be true about rope ladders and women - the women climb higher and higher using the rope ladder but they pull it up behind them so that other women cannot join them. Why? Because they know in their heart of hearts that they could not cope with being compared to other less ruthless women.
    I was bullied and ostracised out of my work, career and passion by a gang of women who managed to get the protection of the colluding power-hungry men in the uni.
    How very tragic for all of us females that the power-hungry women at the Uni have become as ruthless and as unethical as the men! That is a particular tragedy for us all!
    I have no job, no career, no money but I have maintained my integrity - more than can be said for many of the uni high-flyers.

  4. Hi Carol, i think it's an insult for you to ask me to donate to the uni where i've been bullied for years. Rest assured that you'll never get a cent from me before you take actions against the bullies. We expected you to make a difference, not to make it even worse.

  5. On behalf of all students, thank you so very much for standing up for us too. Your uni isn't the only one.

    From all the unspoken who thought no one cared about our academic careers or would believe us when we told them what happened...thanks for standing up for us.

  6. Hi Carol,

    We want you to know we are making a submission to the Federal Parliament, telling them how you have repeated the lies of the bullies since taking over the reins at the UoN.

    We want you to sack the senior bullies and investigate the major plagiarists.

    It's about time you back up your "vision" with concrete actions.