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, February 7, 2013


As you will have noted from the previous post by Professor John Biggs, the University of Newcastle told him that

"We are unable to post it to our blog as it links to a site that contains material that may be considered offensive and contains information that may be misleading.  We invite you to view our 'Think before you post' guidelines at http://blogs.newcastle.edu.au/blog/2012/08/30/thinkbeforeyoupost/ " (our emphasis)

We hope the University of Newcastle will let us know which material on this site is "offensive" and what information may be "misleading" - after all, they are the masters of spin and are experts in putting out "misleading" information.

PS Note that Professor Biggs has written a chapter on the University of Newcastle - see here. Otherwise follow link on this blog entitled "University of Newcastle - Prelude to Dawkins".


  1. I hope the new VC, DVC and their predecessors pause a moment and ask themselves one question:

    Why is it that there are so many former/retired UoN academics (and their families and friends and larger social networks) still devote so much of their time and energy to exposing bullying in the institution where they are/were senior managers?

    Why is it that these allegations simply don't go away?

    Professor McMillen, don't blame your predecessors. They are gone and hopefully karma will hit them if nothing else.

    Please ask yourself WHAT YOU HAVE DONE to clean up that cosmic mess in your institution. You have all the power and means to do it as the Uni's cashed up and many of us who have been bullied out of the UoN contributed to its financial wellbeing.

    You just need to have the will do to it.

    Don't forget for a minute that many lives and careers have been destroyed by and in that university where you are the top leader!

  2. Degree Factories!

    4 Corners has its say:


  3. Newcastle University reminds one of George Owell's 1984!

    The irony is Owell's book is about totalitarian regimes and closed systems that the UoN is openly against.

    Maybe we should give the UoN bullies a reading list.

    We should hold up the mirror and make them see their ugly selves in it.

  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21395102

    9 February 2013 Last updated at 14:22 GMT

    Headline news on BBC World:

    German minister Annette Schavan quits over 'plagiarism'

    When will the UoN start looking into the plagiarism committed by some of the senior professors who were even promoted after allegations of plagiarism were made to management and the accusers were bullied out?

  5. We've always wonder why Newcastle Uni gagged so many staff?

    What sort of secrets are they trying to keep?

    Crimes should be investigated, not hushed up.