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)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Now you see them, now you don't ..... Well you still see some of them!

The exodus of senior staff from the University of Newcastle continues.

Some are immediately obliterated - Sue Beach (Head of Legal Unit), Professor Sue Gould, Ian Pike (Human Resources), amongst others.

Some "leave" the University but still continue to be part of the University - Professor John Carter (Engineering), Professor Tony Williams who "moved" to Avondale College, and others.

Obliteration, vaporisation, reincarnation?.


  1. Beware! John Germov has been appointed the chief officer of newcastle's anti-bullying unit.

    It is clear to all who know this man that he's the most notorious bully in his school and faculty and his appointment makes a mockery of the university's initiative.

    the most disturbing of all is the fact that he he has set up a website that pushes your blog into the background as he doesn't want people to see all the comments on himself.

    stop john germov and fight continued bullying at the uon.

  2. Ian Pike, the former director of HR should be prosecuted for being a capable accomplice to the UoN management's crimes against staff, academic and administrative, during his tenure in the Saunders/McConkey management. John Germov, the notorious bully of the School of Humanities and Social Science and now PVC of the Faculty of Education and Arts, made liberal use of Ian Pike's "expertise" in getting rid of his opponents to strengthen his own position in the university.

    The University will have no credibility until it gets rid of all the bullies in senior positions because a change of workplace culture necessitates the elimination of these thugs.

  3. Ian Pike certainly colluded with the bullying managers to not only get me out the door but also to obliterate my career, my passion and my life.

  4. It doesn't surprise me that John Germov is a bully. Simply take a look at the university's new way of operating which puts profit before people. The kinds of people who succeed at bullying or have no problem with it are the types who now succeed at the university.

    University of Newcastle. Listen to your students. Too many of us have been figuratively raped by staff who would normally have been dismissed ages ago.