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)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Australians and freedom of speech

A Youtube video clip giving facts about bullying at the University of Newcastle was blocked from view in Australia following a legal request.  No reasons given of actions taken.

Three posts on this blog about Nick Saunders and his new position at Bond University were removed  following a legal request. No reasons given or action taken.
At least fifteen (15) ex-staff from the University of Newcastle have been bound to silence/gagged by the university.

 "Australians are free, within the bounds of the law, 
to say or write what we think privately or publicly, 
about the government, or about any topic." 


  1. I was severely bullied and harassed at the faculty I was studying at. I was almost hospitalized for depression as a result.

    The head of school showed postgraduate students his own homemade pornographic film which was apparently violent and masochistic. Yet he was allowed to stay. He apparently had the full blessing of nick saunders.

    The same head of school then bullied and harassed many students and staff. The university still kept him in office.

    Many of the original staff members were forced out by the head of school or had nervous breakdowns.
    The head of school has in the past accused staff and students of plotting to kill him/her. The head of school is currently using an attack dog on campus for "protection".

    The same head of school is allowed to stay on staff regardless of the growing scandal surrounding the university. Complaints made to the university about the head of school's conduct have fallen on deaf ears.

  2. sad to read this. know about similar issues in which HoS has so much power, tutors, postgrads and admin staff feel overwhelmed yet so intimidated, no one does anything. a job is a job- its not worth suicide. UoN routinely puts victim to blame. Hope you have sought help outside of UoN since this awful time.

  3. The whole experience was a nightmare. Thank you for your kind words, I am still struggling to recover from how I was treated. I still hear more stories of other people that have come to grief at that faculty and I am still angry that nothing has been done.

    I see the University's corporate logo placarded over the entire city. The slogan "a place of opportunity" gets me the most. Try having a head of school not sign off on any requests and sabotage staff members and projects ad infinutum.

    If you study at the University you will be subjected to behaviour and harassment that may make you want to end your life.