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)

Monday, September 10, 2012


Our You Tube video on bullying at the University of Newcastle was blocked by the university, under the management of Nick Saunders, the previous VC.

You now have another opportunity to view this video - see right hand panel.....

Grab this chance to watch the video and decide for yourself why the university had it blocked in Australia.

Grab this opportunity whilst the offer lasts!!  We do not know how long you will be able to view it.  We cannot guarantee that the university won't take action again and have it blocked.


  1. former geography lecturer bullied out of UoNSeptember 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    This is such an empowering video for victims of bullying. The only reason why UoN would ban it is to continue suppressing the voices of those that have been bullied

  2. I can't access this video sitting in my house in Newcastle. I wonder whether anyone can in Australia.

    Considering there's been a change of regime, I would have thought the new VC wants to have a complete break from the past. Why does she want to maintain this ban?

    Since she praise Nick Saunders as a man of "such high calibre," she must be of the same breed.

  3. Wow, just watched the video. It's so powerful and empowering!

    It's a victory to free speech.

    He who ordered its blocking should bow his head in shame.

  4. This is most definitely a miracle for Newcastle Uni where the bullies have been rampaging out of control, according to students.

  5. What I don't understand is why the University of Newcastle went to so much trouble to have this video blocked. I guess it is for the same reason anti-bullying posters were removed from campus. The thing is, denying something exists does not mean it is not there. A good leadership team would accept there is a problem and be proactive in doing something to change it.