Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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, October 16, 2012

Rape vs bullying

"One would not expect a victim of rape to have to 
single-handedly identify, trace, catch, arrest, prosecute,
convict and punish the person who raped her. 
Targets of bullying often find themselves doing all of 
these whilst those in positions of authority persistently 
abdicate and deny responsibility."

Tim Field


  1. KH former geography senior lecturerOctober 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    This is especially true at the University of Newcastle.
    For even uttering the 'B' word (bullying) I was treated as though I had committed some heinous crime.
    The punishment is severe.
    For making an allegation that I had been bullied I was place in isolation - physically, socially and professionally.
    I lost my career, and financial income as well as being denigrated by shame when I was permanently banished from my discipline, school, Faculty and eventually the University.

  2. I agree with KH. The sad thing is that there are many staff from the University of Newcastle who have gone through the process of proving they have a work place injury caused by bullying, harassment and victimisation at the University. These injuries have been recognised under the Workers Compensation Act and these staff medical costs are meet by their employer. For the staff I know in this situation the outcome is the same. Firstly, regardless of the fact they have legally been determined to have a workplace injury, the University of Newcastle still denies bullying occurred. Secondly as punishment for being bullied when these staff are well enough to return to work, they are told there are no suitable duties and/or their position no longer exists. For people reading this you may think this is illegal, well you are right, it is. University's do come under the Workers Compensation Act, but the Regulator has little power in Australia, and the fines (insignificant that they are) and consequences of breaching the Act have no impact on the individual's within the organisation that are the bullies and who condone the bullying behaviour. I sincerely hope the Parliamentary Inquiry into Workplace bullying does change things, otherwise workplaces like the University of Newcastle will not be institutions for learning and excellence, but rather havens for narcissists to do what they please to ethical hard working people who simply want to do their job well.

  3. I think that dark and dirty place needs a serious clean-up specially the school of biomedical science and pharmacy. I do believe that there is no-where on this planet worse that University of Newcastle, the weakest and sickest management system ever on this planet, with the help and assistance of professional bullies who are waiting for a good ethical persons to break them down, destroy, bully, rape them mentally and psychologically.
    I feel sorry for Caroline McMillen,the VC of UoN, and her job is the last position on this planet that I wish to get.
    I just think we have to ask government to take a serious action for that business company named literally university of Newcastle.
    I am too embrassed to say to my family and friends that I was an ex-student in that dirty place. Such a shame and such a wasteof time, talent, energy and mental integrity...

    1. I would like to say something about my experience in the school of biomedical science and pharmacy, the UoN.
      I am having the same felling as the above person "a victim of UoN", I also expect the new VC can do something and return this world as a clean environment as it should be, get rid of the dirty fellows away from there, not spending student's money and / or goverment's funds and employing solicitors and barristers to protect those dirty fellows and their behaviours in the School of Biomedical Science and PHARMACY. It is an absolutely scandal the UoN used its funds to do so.
      I would like supply further evidences and show the public what is going on and what the dirty things had been done in this school.

    2. Thank you for your comment and
      may I ask you to publish your evidences of scandal at uni.
      these scandals needs to be revealed for the public
      awareness. Thank you for helping to clean up that mess.
      Have you ever tried to contact the VC by yourself? We have tried many times but she doesn't reply to indiviuals unless we approach to appeal bodies outsid the uni and she has been reluctatnt to deal with bully and vitimisaton whatever appeal body we have approached so far, that's a shame, I had kind of good feeling towards her upon her arrival, hoping that she-as a female VC- can do a lot for women and their safety at workplace but unfortunately she did ZERO and pobbaly will do zero during the rest of her appointmnet with the uni.

    3. I will be glad to share the evidences with the public to show the behaviours of bullying and discrimination in this University. I would like also go with you to any appeal bodies outside of the Uni. If you could put announcement to the public and tell us where and when you go for the appeal bodies, we will go with us. We have over 10 ex-students of the School of Biomedical Science and Pharmacy who are the witness of the scandals. If the University want to know these, they could set a "hotline" for students and staffs. The new VC could get what she wants.

  4. As an ex-student of School of Humanities and Social Science, I concur totally and absolutely with the comment above, only that it concerns the School of Humanities and Social Science. The mess there is even worse, millions of times worse. The real worry is the new VC has put the chief of that Faculty/School in charge of her new directions. It makes us wonder what sort of direction she has in mind for the university. The same direction as the dark past?

    Ex-student of School of Humanities and Social Science