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, August 2, 2012

Stop the Uni from halving student representation on council

Previously we reported on the changes the Uni is making to student representation.  In a blog post in June, we reported that

"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.""

This is another example of the Uni ignoring the law, rules, policies, etc.

Help stop the Uni from halving student representation - sign this petition.

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  1. Why don't you get involved Department of Education or given how many signatures you have already you could hire a lawyer to assist you. The Higher Education Act must include breaches of contract, damage to education, disappointment, failure to provide Healthy and Safe environment etc..and anti-bullying behaviors

  2. Yes, I agree. The Uni should be sued for this disgraceful conduct. TEQSA should also be alerted to the UoN's constant short-shifting of academic programs and reduction of hours in pursuit of profit.

    1. what you describe is called damage to education meaning breach of contract by the educational provider...so you pay and they don't deliver? ? ? no good, watch this video, get in touch with these people and lobby the government...you need law to support you but in the meanwhile contact DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND PASS YOUR PETITION ON THEM, i assume that is what you are doing anyway!

  3. http://youtu.be/W6pPe2gqGRI

  4. The essence of the UoN has long switched from academe to business and money-making.

    Hence, the name should have changed to The Newcastle Corporation accordingly.

  5. By the end of 2012, there probably won't be any student or staff representation on uni council.

    They can do whatever they like behind closed doors in the name of democracy and openness.

  6. This is solid evidence that higher education at the UoN has become a very low affair.

    It seems the way things have been going for the past 6 years have had a direct link to the size of the salaries of the senior managers, including the PVCs. One PVC is reported in a recent article in Newcastle Herald to be enjoying 280,000 per annum in retirement! That is a staggering amount of money that can feed 25 students.

    Unfortunately, the poor students are the most vulnerable and disfranchised group of people who literally have to pay these top administrators making decisions that are detrimental to the quality of their major clients.

    NUSA should organise a campus strike in protest to stop the rampant erosion of education.