Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Opportunity for those of us bullied out of the School of Humanities and Social Science

A number of us were "removed" from the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle (under John Germov), despite being well-qualified, experienced, with a good publication record and being hard working.

Now look what is happening?

"The School of Humanities and Social Science is seeking Expressions of Interest for casual academic work in the following
· Ancient History and Classical Languages
· Community Welfare and Human Services
· English and Writing
· Film, Media and Cultural Studies
· History
· Languages - Chinese, French and Japanese
· Linguistics
· Philosophy, Religion and Theology
· Sociology and Anthropology
· Social Work
· Speech Pathology".

Would we be considered for this casual academic work?

NOT UNTIL PIGS CAN FLY...................


  1. I wish I could laugh. This is so evil I am contemplating real action.

    I have had this "condition" forced on me recently that I agree not to seek employment at the UoN for 4 years. That is 2 years longer (or twice as long) than other cases because by then, the (totally unqualified, totally inexperienced) person they have wanted to replace me will be safely ensconced in the job I've been bullied out of for no good reason.

    The School of Humanities and Social Science is truly a place where pigs can fly!

  2. This is a big smoking screen. They are only actually advertising for one job in two disciplines where staff have either been bullied out or are being bullied out. One may have been dead, but one's body is not yet cold and they have the effrontery to advertise one's job already. They just can't wait any longer because they owe certain people favours by getting these massive promotions.

    It's a familiar trick of that School to make it look like an all-disciplines thing. It's not. Don't be fooled.

  3. Have they got rid of all the "target" and "threats" and are now in the process of putting their favourites in the jobs?

  4. It is not a matter of your skill, experience and publications. It highly depends on whether the head of school "like" you or not; or how you make the Head like you in some ways.
    Have a look, a lecturer in School of Biomedical Science and Pharmacy has been fixed a position as associate professor without any publications since he came into the School till he was promoted. Last 12 years his academic publications were only 4, one post and three articles on low impact factor but not main author.

  5. It's official: the School of Humanities and Social Science made 19.2 million dollars last year!

    One wonders how much the Head of School has taken home in bonus pay and the deputies? And the PVC?

  6. In our 1st year Chinese class, there are just around 10 Aussies, all zero beginners, the rest, about 3 dozen, are all Chinese and there are 2 Koreans. We all want to get ahead and get an HD, but we often wonder how the hell it all works because we are no competition to the Chinese who are native speakers. Why are they in our class anyway? Just so the uni gets its truckload of easy cash?

  7. I still wonder who all of these people are with stories of their experiences in the School of Humanities and Social Science. In my time associated with that outfit I was exploited, harassed, bullied, humiliated, isolated, neglected in terms of career development and saw no evidence of equity of treatment whatsoever. And in the years since I was bullied out of the place I've watched from a distance, noticing a whole cohort of people with the right connections experience amazingly rapid career advancement. I wonder who you are: and I wonder if you know who I am. And that scares me, because as a consequence of my experience at Newcastle, I can't trust anyone. UoN needs to be destroyed. Start again.