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 4, 2012

What a HUGE waste of huge talent!

Many of us ex-staff/students of the University of Newcastle have suffered from ostracism i.e. they have been purposely ignored, excluded, denied information  and finally removed from the university.

"While ostracism is used for brief periods as a means of correcting conduct, the measure becomes brutally painful when done over months or even years. This form of workplace bullying carries the deepest scars and the longest recovery. It affects an individual’s very core of self worth." (White, 2009)

The effects of ostracism by the University of Newcastle means that not only are the skills, abilities and ethical standards of these academics and students lost to the University of Newcastle and its student body;  the abilities and skills are also lost to EVERY ORGANISATION AND TO EVERYONE.  If you have been ostracised, you lose all your self-worth because you are deemed not worthy any attention.  You are then not able to contribute to anything or anyone.

Ostracism is considered more harmful than overt bullying and is harder to prove.
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What a waste of enormous talent to the whole of Australia!  All due to the University of Newcastle and its management team.

8 comments:

  1. I know I was bullied out because I was loved by my students and I was seen as a threat to many of my under-performing colleagues.

    Let them keep their dead wood and mediocrities for the good of the bullies.

    Ultimately, it's a huge loss to the society.

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  2. For the above statement, while you said that you were bullied out, you should tell the public where you worked (Dept or School). Let us / the public to search the person or people for you and for the public. At least, we can find out who got promoted especially the person underperformed in your Dept or School but was promoted.
    In addition, you did not breach any confidentials, nor lying to the public. The University always used a word "confidential" to cover things up, which should be known by the public and judged by the public.
    Sometimes, publicity might help us if we believe it is a open and fair environment or country.

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  3. We'd love to, but you'll find if we named names, we wouldn't even get passed the self-censorship of the blog owners. We have no problems naming names. Many of us are dying to get the truth out.

    On the point of teaching, all the uni has to do is ask the Dean of Students which lecturers have been the subject of students complaints. He was heard to tell students that there are filing cabinets filled with student complaints about certain lecturers!

    Concerning research, the uni can have a look at who's got massive grants, totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars while publishing one and half page C3 and C4 book reviews and announcements which are sometimes co-authored and counted as a full publication by each and every one of the co-authors.

    We are most concerned about accountability and whether research money (millions) has gone to the right people doing worthy research.

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  4. Please be assured that truth will come out sooner or later and the uni and the bullies will have nowhere to hide.

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  5. It would be a sweet revenge for the bullies themselves, their children, parents and relatives to be bullied. Then and only then would they know what it means that scourge actually means.

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  6. Has anyone noticed that many of the contact points for making complaints (including the union) are in fact the people about whom you would seek to make complaints? No wonder the pattern of victimising complainants persists: lodging complaints is an early warning system for them.

    NB this is my first comment posted here as I've been too concerned in the past that this was dangerous. I have now had enough and am planning to leave ASAP so wtf.

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  7. From my experience, the more talents the uni loses, the more control the bullies have over people.

    Who is the uni anyway? Every unit/section/department/school/faculty is controlled by a person who has his/her own agendas, ideologies, disciplinary grouping which they protect at the expense of others.

    The policies and procedures in place are there for show only. As the above comments rightly asserts, the decision makers are often the people you have a complaint about and the minute you even mention your complaint, you are on your way out.

    And you want to trust the union to take on the bullies? Now that is a real waste of time. You are better off with Stack.

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  8. The University is made up of interest groups and the rest is for people's imagination.

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