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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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, July 15, 2013

A leopard .... and its spots

The "new" Stop Bullying website (note the original title) at the University of Newcastle has a variety of "new" resources.

You are referred to
  • "policies" (yes, as long as there is a policy.....)
  • a Code of Conduct
  • Healthy University Strategy.
To make the site up-to-the-minute and trendy, you can watch a video by John Germov or read a "blog" on bullying by Caroline McMillen.

Can a leopard change its spots?
Are these "new" resources changing the frequency and nature of bullying at UoN?

We would welcome really new initiatives by the university BUT why are people still contacting us about being bullied at the University of Newcastle?


  1. The attitude of this website has become, for want of better words, sickening.

    Since the Public Case of Michelle Adams and Bullying by the University, it seems clear the University has taken positive steps to try to eradicate this phenomenon, but, in every initiative the University takes, this website just wants to trash rather than applaud as a positive step. Wake up guys!!!

    1. You obviously haven't had a full serve of what the university dishes out. A pity really. Have a good look at the people you are defending.

  2. In the very public case of Dr Michelle Adams against the University of Newcastle, the Workers Compensation Commission determined that University of Newcastle was required to pay compensation for Dr Adam's permanent psychological injury cause by workplace bullying and harassment. Yet in the Newcastle Herald on March 3rd 2012 the University of Newcastle formally stated that the Commission made: “no finding of fault or wrong doing by the university.”
    This does not make sense. Why was compensation paid by the University of Newcastle if they were not at fault? There is no way this institution can move forward unless it can acknowledge its mistakes, because any new policies and procedures will simply be based on the processes already in place, that were obviously not working. It is like building a house on poor foundations. The story in the Newcastle Herald on the 15th March 2013 (http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1367080/incident-in-cbd-street-at-anti-bullying-rally/) shows that 12 months after the Workers Compensation Commission ordered the compensation payment to Dr Adams, nothing had changed at the University of Newcastle.
    This blog site might be skeptical about the actions of the University of Newcastle's attempts to deal with workplace bullying, but I have read the comments on this site, and it is obvious from these that the bandaid approach being used by the University of Newcastle are not even designed to try and heal the workplace bullying issue, but rather to try and COVER UP the workplace bullying issue.
    It is easy to criticise this web site if you have never experienced the affects of work place bullying, and the frustration of trying to deal with it in a workplace that tends to get rid of the victim rather than the bully. This blog site gives these victims a voice, and any one who thinks they shouldn't have a voice are probably no better than the bullies who caused the issues to start with.

  3. 'taken positive steps to try to eradicate this phenomenon' considering UoN denies there is a bullying problem, interesting there are steps to eradicate?? seems contradictory to me...