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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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.
“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)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Many of us understand how you must be feeling but nothing (not even the University of Newcastle) is worth hurting yourself for.
Monday, March 26, 2012
University of Newcastle - Senior Lecturer accuses academic staff member in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences of not crediting co-authors on four publications (acknowledged in IRC in 2009).
Edith Cowan University - Associated Professor's employment terminated.
University of Newcastle - Academic staff member was counselled.
Edith Cowan University - No repercussions for Misconduct Committee who brought the charges.
University of Newcastle - Major repercussions for Senior Lecturer who brought the charges (employment terminated)..
Edit Cowan University - Accused academic sacked from the university
Unviersity of Newcastle - Accused academic PROMOTED at the university.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Our kindest thoughts are with his family and friends.
STOP PRESS - Details of his memorial service can be found here. Family and friends only.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The university has "many career enhancements programs and opportunities designed to support the development of our professional and academic femal staff".
But what about these women - 114 of them who have responded to our survey on workplace bullying?
The experiences of these women who still work at the Uni and those who have been thrown out are described on this blog - you don't even have to buy it like McConkey's "100 Women".
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
They reported that a large number of UNSW employees had experienced or witnessed bullying behaviour in the workplace - unfair treatment, public humiliation, arbitrary misues of power, repeated shouting, swearing and threatening behaviour.
They also found:-
- 552 respondents with the vast majority of them had experienced or witnessed bullying.
- Many staff fear speaking up about being bullied and would like to leave UNSW
- Staff on fixed-term contracts are particularly vulnerable to bullying.
- Some line managers were reported as exhibiting highly prejudicial behaviour and attitudes that breach criminal, industrial, OHS and anti-discrimination laws.
- 66.2% of respondents were women
- 70% report that the bullying is ongoing.