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, April 1, 2013

"University Inc"

Ian Kirkwood has written in the Newcastle Herald about the changes to academia which results in universities being seen and acting like big corporations, with highly paid executives at the top. 

In an era of increasing numbers of contract staff, Kirkwood points out the significance of academic staff having tenure.  If staff have job security, they may feel able to speak freely, one of the long-standing rights to free speech that has been so valued in academia.

Unfortunately, as Kirkwood indicates,
"Staff see what has happened to the few people who have launched complaints against their institutions and decide that discretion is the better part of valour."

A number of us involved with this website and others who responded to our survey are certainly not good adverts for speaking out about staff misconduct and/or made complaints - many of us are unemployed, with our skills, enthusiasm and passion wasted.

As Professor Raewyn Connell from the University of Sydney wrote,

"The very last thing a university needs is an intimidated and conformist workforce.’’

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