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.

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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, April 21, 2013


Did you know that
"THE University of Newcastle wants to be ranked among the top two per cent of the world’s universities by 2015, Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen said today.

Professor McMillen said the rise of the Asian Century combined with heightened competition for talented staff and students made it essential for the university to compete on the world stage." (emphasis added) (Newcastle Herald). (Also see uni video)

according to the University of Newcastle website

"The University of Newcastle is a challenger brand. We don't define ourselves by where we sit relative to other organisations, but by our achievements, who we are, the sort of people who work here and the students who study here." (emphasis added)

So is the University competing against others or comparing itself to others... or not????


  1. More lies from the University.

  2. The University is coming across as a sociopath, I mean seriously "a challenger brand". I had no idea that education had a brand let alone having to be strategised.

    They are accurate about not comparing themselves to other institutions. No other university would try to pass itself as a brand.