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 24, 2013

Senior staff exodus from the University of Newcastle

The Newcastle Herald has reported that there is an exodus of senior staff from the University.  Some are retiring, some are moving on to new positions and the future of some of them is unknown.

Those who have recently left and those now leaving include

  • Professor Mike Calford
  • Professor McConkey
  • Mary Sharp (IT chief)
  • Professor Stephen Crump
  • Professor John Carter

Professor Ted Wright is going back to teaching and Scott Holmes is going on a year's research leave.

Some other senior staff (not mentioned in the Newcastle Herald article) have "disappeared" e.g. Professor Sue Gould, Professor Tony Williams and Ian Pike (Director of HR). 

The Newcastle Herald states that some staff are on extended sick leave.

The newspaper article states further that

"While headhunters scour the globe for leadership talent, some current top academics claim they no longer feel wanted at the institution."

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