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)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

.. and now there are two!

So far, 71 of the 209 submissions to the bullying inquiry have been authorised for publication.

For visitors to our blog, there are now two published submissions from ex-staff at the uni - KH (see previous post) and MA (Michelle Adams).

Michelle's  submission can be read in detail on the Workplace Bullying Inquiry's website (M.A.).  She has also had her experiences reported in a number of newspaper articles (see right-hand side of this web-page and a very recent one here).

Her experiences started when she reported academic misconduct (as staff are required to do according to the uni's policy).  She has been subjected to almost ten years of "bullying, harassment and victimization".

She states that
"In 2012 the Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) determined that my psychological injury was permanent and caused entirely by the bullying and workplace harassment I had experienced from the University of                 . I was awarded compensation. Days latter the University of                     released a statement to the Herald, denying that it was liable for my injury."

Michelle's submission provides clear evidence of the University failing to follow its own policies, providing erroneous information to various legal bodies (the Police, Workers Compensation Commission, Human Rights Commission, medical practitioners, etc) and using university funding to pay for legal services.

These two submissions provide the public with a clear picture of how the University treats anyone who does not collude in the cover-up of staff misconduct.

Additional submissions relating to the University, not yet published, will support and confirm the bullying situation at the University of Newcastle.


  1. Is it just a coincidence that Michelle Adams and myself were both Senior Lecturers from the same school and Faculty? And although our circumstances were different we both ended up as outcasts from our disciplines, school, faculty and ultimately from the University.
    I have always admired Michelle for her strength and integrity under the most difficult and horrendous circumstances.
    Finally the truth is out, and maybe the University of Newcastle will change its practice of eliminating those that speak out

  2. It is only the brave who are prepared to speak out when the truth needs to be told to prevent corruption. It is only the brave who speak the truth when to do so can bring immense personal loss and suffering.

    Yet, the truth needs to be told to bring ethical change for the future. Indeed those who speak the truth have characters to be admired not scorned.

  3. It's a pity these very characteristics get you an instant death penalty at the uon.