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)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bullying versus work performance indicators


  1. The difference between the boss in the picture and my head of school is that my hos didn't have the time to hear my grievances, but he spent months plotting my downfall behind closed doors until he got his way.

  2. Such a pathetic attitude towards staff goes unchecked too often!

    Where there is a power imbalance, bullies thrive while others strive to survive.

  3. Work performance indicators:
    a lecturer did not release student exam results for 6 - 7 months especially while the student repeatedly requested for the exam results during this time. The lecturer explained that he had not completed marking due to his heavy work load and academic demands during this seven month time.
    The University Professor Saunders inserted his statement that the lecturer actually marked much earlier but the School posted the results late
    While the student asked about academic results and the lecturer's academic performance ie marking, the lecturer lost his patient and demanded the student to speak English while he could not hear and understand the student's words and importantly because the student was from non-English speaking background although the student had proven his English language skills in this country and in the UoN.
    The lecturer's academic performance in the UoN was accepted and promoted from a lecturer to associate professor without any academic publications from the time he came into the UoN till he was promoted around 5 years.