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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

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)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, has stated in the Newcastle Herald that

"This is part of an ongoing anonymous campaign run through both virtual and other means  to suggest that bullying is rife."

FACT: The "campaign" is not anonymous.  We are happy to use our names, and do so.  As with any blog (the VC herself has a blog), we cannot force people who make comments on our blog, to identify themselves. Three named ex-academics asked the Vice Chancellor for a meeting to discuss the results of our survey - she emailed these people by name but refused to meet them because they are "anonymous"!

FACT: This website has never alleged that "Bullying is rife".  We have never attempted to find out how many people have been bullied at the University.  What we have done in our survey is asked people to describe their bullying experiences  Nearly 200 people have now done this of their own free will. 

As stated previously on this blog, it is crucial that any discussion about bullying keeps to the facts.

1 comment:

  1. KH former geographerMarch 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    We must keep to the facts and we must keep up this dialogue on bullying. For too long it has been an invisible scourge in our workplaces, community and society.

    The University of Newcastle has a long history of covering up bullying and other forms of misconduct. Many of those that make allegations of bullying or workplace misconduct are silenced and eliminated from their workplace.

    To bring an end to bullying and the injustices that have been dealt to those that have attempted to expose workplace misconduct we must begin with an honest discussion.