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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Congratulations to the University of Newcastle - it has risen 23 places to be ranked 268 in the world in the 2012 QS World University Rankings.

BUT in our survey of 195 respondents who reported bullying

  • 72 employees were planning to leave
  • 41 had lowered their productivity
  • 21 had asked for a transfer within the university
  • 45 had attempted or considered suicide
  • 110 suffered from depression

No organisation can afford to have so many ill or dissatisfied employees.  Also, many of these are highly educated, hard working and ethical staff/students.  For details of three ex-academic staff who were bullied out of the uni see nos. 8, 25 and 53 on the parliamentary website.

The uni could have risen much higher in world rankings if the issue of bullying (past and ongoing) had been dealt with appropriately.

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