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, December 13, 2012

The Uni has reiterated its values on its NeW Directions website.

"The values of the University of Newcastle are shaped by our history and our aspirations. Our values represent shared ideals and express what we stand for and who we are. As we move forward, our values will underpin our choices, strategies and actions.

One of its values is "Equity and social justice"

"We provide opportunities for people with ability, regardless of their background and experiences."

Should this be amended to "We provide opportunities for people with ability, regardless of their background and experiences, as long as they are able to ignore unethical behaviour"


  1. And what a history that is!

    Caroline McMillen only has to look at this website for the true unedited history of the University.

  2. We can send Caroline McMillen the link to the federal parliamentary website so she can read the submissions by Newcastle academics bullied out of that place to the senate inquiry into workplace bullying.

    This and many other sorry chapters of the UoN history cannot be erased.

  3. Please do it. Show the public what was that. The public needs to be reminded repeatedly.
    Many people of us only say there was something wrong, but did not show or highlight where was wrong, what was your evidence to illustrate what you had said, the fact.
    We have to convince our readers what we said or what we found.