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Monday, March 25, 2013

McMillen criticises Newcastle Herald article on exodus of senior staff

Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, has criticised the Newcastle Herald for their front page article on the exodus of senior staff from the University.  McMillen sent a long email on Saturday morning to all university staff - the Newcastle Herald has printed this email in full in the paper today.

The Newcastle Herald states that
"Professor McMillen said in her email  the idea ‘‘that some of our senior staff had left because they were not viewed to be part of the future of this great institution’’ was ‘‘complete rubbish’’."

She goes on to say that  "Clearly, the natural history of academic careers was less compelling than some mischievous conspiracy theory or some disaffected gossip."

The Herald reported that they had spoken to "three senior academic staff".  McMillen called them "three anonymous colleagues" (they are obviously still employed by the university).

  According to the Newcastle Herald, they have been contacted by other academics over the weekend "to praise the article" (i.e. the Herald's original article on the exodus). 


  1. Professor McMillen should alos concern that the "bad" persons are still there in the University of Newcastle. If you would like keep these good people, you, Professor McMillen and president of the University should get ride of those bad ones.
    "Ignore the facts and complaints" never help you keeping the good senior staff. Think about those people who told you what happened to them and who had to leave the University. Most of them were innocent, because they told the truth. They have their rights to protect themselves in this country.

  2. The person of interest is interested in

    a) her own needs and wants
    b) protecting her reputation
    c) destroying as many innocent people's lives as possible.

    Because she can.

  3. The point is the University can't control the Herald or they would. That email sounds like more has more spin than a laundromat.