A recent book, "Bully in the Ivory Tower" by Leah P Hollis has found that 62% of those who work in higher education have experienced bullying - this compares to 45% of the general population.
Hollis explains the reason for this high percentage of bullying.
"What's interesting is at a college or university we are all trained to be experts in our field to go out and do this wonderful research and create excellent knowledge. It also is an isolating experience so now when you have to manage people or collaborate or have team building you've already been protected by tenure perhaps or at least in a culture that supports being isolated and also supports a pretty big ego. So that doesn't always make for the best management skills."
She considers that "bullying has to do with power and those with the least amount of power are the ones on the receiving end of bullying."
We know that bullying at the University of Newcastle is prevalent. However it is not always those with the least amount of power that are bullied. Whilst we have had numerous reports of casual/sessional employees being bullied, there has and continues to be bullying from those higher up in the University of Newcastle e.g. professors, senior lecturers, etc.
Three reports of bullying at the University of Newcastle have been published on the website of the parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying - nos. 8, 25 and 53. Other submissions from employees/ex-employees were examined by the Inquiry but not authorised for publication.
You can watch Hollis's TV interview here.