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)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Collusion and cover-up of bullying at the University of Newcastle

·        "In my opinion as a staff member, 
Human Resources will do everything in its power 
to cover up instances of workplace bullying, 
often protecting the bully, 
especially if that person is a line manager." 
(respondent - online survey)
 Seventy (70) respondents to our survey (36%) 
reported that 
NO ACTION was taken by 
their supervisor or by Human Resources 
in response to the reports of bullying.


  1. I was one victim of the HR thugs who are a bunch of vampires helping the heads of schools and pvcs of the faculties and the dvc to suck more blood out of the victims, staff and students who dare complain about unethical coonduct.

    They obviously have no morals and are corrupt at heat. They talk about fascism in other countries and in other eras, but they never look at the fascism actively practiced by themselves in the University of Newcastle RIGHT NOW!

    There is another lot of vampires, the union bosses. operators. They are even worse because they are traitors of their own ideals, self-promoting, double-faced and are in bed with management.

    Where is hope for the victims of bullying in that institution?

  2. If they took action, they would have to sack half of the plotters who participated in destroying other people's lives.

    Morons are morons, particularly when they are dressed up in professorial suits.

    I used to think professors were people who wrote great books and taught great courses. Have been in that place, I know they are plotters against other people to get themselves massive pay cheques and promotions in the name of higher education.

    1. Several professors I knew were so bad that they were paid big salaries, rumoured to be upwards of 140,000 to stay away from students and staff. It's funny how places like deliberately appoint the wrong people who are not threat to any of the ambitious people already there because they are the ones who hold the strings behind the puppets and they need to make sure they have their backs covered.

    2. Read Professor Don Parks and Professor John Biggs' book/chapter - Doctored and you will see how that place operates.

      Some research done by certain professors on huge grants is so sus that you begin to think there should be an instant royal inquiry.

  3. I have to disagree with this slightly, HR definitely took action in my case. Every step was taken to increase the number of hours I had to work directly and alone with my bully (who was given full power over me), I was given tasks to complete that were in direct contradiction to my medical restrictions, and then HR sent me to a doctor to assess my fitness to work, and when they didn't get the report they wanted they "got a new report". Bullying resulted in my depression and anxiety, HR's actions resulted in my POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. Thanks HR for all your support, but I know you were just doing what the VC told you to do, "Make an example of her for reporting bullying". I don't know what is worse, knowing the VC directed HR to act in this way, or knowing that HR was willing to undertake activities that were so morally (and in some cases legally) wrong.

  4. This is so true about HR at the UoN. Every HR director I've dealt with, and I've had two of them, protected the beastly heads of department/school and the faculty pvcs that I complained about at my expense. They are very dodgy people who have no scruples. They are pretty wooden themselves, but very efficient aides to the bullies.

  5. Can we give the UoN HR a name that truly reflects what it does, i.e. Human Resource Destroyers?

  6. This is a very good suggestion.

    It wasn't until I got bullied out that I realised THE BEST UoN staff are former UoN staff, many of whom I've met and they are the most decent people.

    What does it say about that place?

  7. When Kevin McConkey's collaborators and beneficiaries (and there are hundreds of them) are flying even higher, what do you expect to happen in that place?!

  8. There needs a South African style Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the UoN to start cleaning up the mess, if it is ever possible. There have been too many people destroyed, persecuted for simply being ethical.

    We need to opportunity to point at our persecutors and say to them: you destroyed my life and you go to jail for it!