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)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Caroline, please can the University of Newcastle follow The University of Queensland?

"UNIVERSITIES are coming under greater public scrutiny than ever before. For vice-chancellors, this should not be a cause for concern. Instead, the challenge is to take greater public attention as a cue for self-examination and reform, where it is needed."

"Society expects our universities to hold the highest standards in relation to ethics and integrity." 

"Values such as respect, intellectual courage, professionalism and stewardship may sound old-fashioned for a university."

"As important public institutions, universities must hold the trust of the community. Unless we do, our academic and research achievements, and indeed our reputation more broadly, will not be sustained in the future."

Statements made by Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland.


  1. It's official! McConkey is leaving, voluntarily, having forced so many staff out of their jobs with false allegations intended to destroy them.

    Now that McConkey's no longer in charge, Professor McMillen and the UoN management should look into all the excesses committed under McConkey's "leadership", including, but not limited to the criteria used for recent promotions.

    There has been much anger and confusion about these mysterious promotions and it's high time the uni came clean about them.

    1. From what I have read it seems that McConkey has been responsible for bullying out so many good people from the University of Newcastle. Caroline...maybe now you have removed him you should look at reinstating those people he has previously disposed of. At least those that are not too damaged to return. This would take a great leader. First to admit what has happened was wrong, and secondly to do something to make it right. I hope you are that person Caroline.

  2. When you read Caroline McMillen's glowing obituary about the DVC (G&R), you know she can't be trusted because the very things she praised him for are the things that students and staff dreaded for years.

    To many of us, McConkey's "achievements" were nothing but meaningless symbols.

  3. Hi Carol,

    All you have to do is having a chat to staff and students in the Shortland Union or the Bar on the Hill to find out what they think of your praises for McConkey. Be prepared to have them spit in your face in disgust and they are people who are still working or studying at the Uni. Just imagine the reaction of those whose careers have been destroyed by McConkey's "achievements".

  4. Didn't Saunders give McConkey another 5 years the day before he retired?

  5. I wonder how much he was paid to leave?

  6. Did he jump or was he pushed?

  7. Yes, it would be good to know the size of his payout, in public interest.