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)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
McConkey is on his way.......
As expected, Caroline McMillen has given him a glowing tribute - "major improvements", "successful audit", "more opportunities", "significantly strengthened", "overseen the growth", "stronger connections", "strength to strength", "significantly expanded, "significant contribution", and
"Professor McConkey’s commitment to the University and our community has had a major impact and he leaves a strong legacy. On behalf of the University I acknowledge his significant contribution, thank him most sincerely for his service and wish him well for the future."
McConkey's salary was huge ($415,000 p.a. in 2010) and he has presumably now also received a large payout.
As PVC Academic, Kevin McConkey has been named as being implicated in numerous cases of bullying reported in our survey, on this website or in submissions to the Parliamentary Workplace Bullying Inquiry.
McConkey was also extremely involved in allowing the university to receive an "Employer of Choice for Women" citation. As most of us who have been bullied are female, this was particularly difficult to accept.
Again, Professor McMillen, you have the opportunity to investigate the cases of bullying at the university in a thorough manner and to be prepared to face many of us who have been bullied at the University under the management of Kevin McConkey and Nick Saunders.
"Silence implies consent".