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)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dr Sue Gould challenges the University of Newcastle

Dr Sue Gould, who was Deputy-Vice-Chancellor of Services, is challenging the University of Newcastle about making her redundant (Newcastle Herald Sunday 31st March).

She was on sick-leave for over a year and was made redundant by Caroline McMillen, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, in October 2012.  Dr Gould maintains that she wished to return to work.

Dr Gould's departure has coincided with a number of senior staff vacating their positions at the University -  these include Kevin McConkey, Ian Pike, John Carter and Mike Calford, with Scott Holmes going on a year's research leave.  These senior staff had commanded high salaries e.g. in 2010, Kevin McConkey "was paid $489,623, deputy vice-chancellor research Michael Calford was paid $386,613, and deputy vice-chancellor services Sue Gould was paid $410,931.".  McMillen's predecessor, Nick Saunders, was paid "$617,859 in 2010, performance pay of $119,394 plus performance pay from 2009 of $55,265".  McMillen apparently receives even more than Saunders did.

McMillen denies that the changes in senior staff are related to her New Directions 2015 strategic plan.


  1. Dr Sue Gould was the only person who did her job (job duties) while she was on her position in UoN. It is a shame the UoN made her redundant now.

    If Professor McMillen made such decision related to her NewDirections, you should get rid of those "bad" staffs who had been complained repeatedly in public last years.

  2. It begs the question why McMillen got rid of the most effective leader of the uni, but retains bullies such as John Germov in her leadership team?

    Can McMillen answer this question?

  3. Amazing that on the same page as an article about bullying features an article about Sue Gould being made redundant
    I regard Sue Gould as the greatest bully of all time. The book about monsters/psychopaths in the workplace could had her firmly in mind
    Good riddance!