Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Oversell, as seen by The Australian

"Oversell: "University of Newcastle tops Australia in student retention and equity rankings". Yes, but it was only one of several universities to receive the five star ranking from the Good Universities Guide. Misleading? Maybe not, but certainly rubbery."

Direct quote from The Australian.(emphasis added).


  1. The University is a haven for bullies and sociopaths. I don't care how high they claim the standard is (which is lower than they claim) I think studying at that University is a very bad idea.

  2. None of us who have been bullied out of the University of Newcastle believe this.

    The message is simple: if you have notorious bullies in charge of vital operations, you can't possibly be world class.

    There is a notorious plagiarist in charge of a large faculty and he should be investigated for his so-called "book" Second Opinion. He is a notorious bully who has made it by bullying others.

    No, we are not convinced that the UoN is a world class institution. We know for a fact that many of its own academic staff just laugh at it. I was having dinner with several of them and they poured scorn at the notion that their uni's world class. "What a joke!? one said.

  3. I agree. We also currently have music faculty who are so good at offering diversity and innovative ways of creating music that there are absolutely no concerts being given by either staff of students. Go check their concert page on the University web page (ignore the multiple spelling errors and dead links on the faculty page also) I am telling the truth.

  4. And go and check the School of Humanities and Social Science and see that the two Japanese staff are actually the Discipline Convenors of Chinese!!?? This is the VC's New Directions (whatever they are???!!!) for languages under the leadership of the Head of School who is a self-claimed "expert" on Soviet women's role in World War II (very relevant to our goals in the 21st century - are the Russians go to buy our coal and oil?)?! And we have a foreign government running a substandard academic program in our name? My daughter, who had a very high entry score and is bilingual, had great trouble understanding the teachers (are they really qualified teachers?) that she had to withdraw after only a couple of weeks. About 90% of one elementary language class were native speakers from the country of the language and Aussie kids who didn't have any knowledge of the language had to compete with them??? Apparently the native speakers are there to grab an easy HD and the Uni turns a blind eye because they pay big fees.

    The Uni's a mess and its own academic staff know it. Many of them are embarrassed and are wondering how much longer this emperor's new clothes show about its "world class" status will go on.

    Why doesn't McMillen go and talk to a few staff in the Faculty of Education and Arts and find out what they really think.

    Doesn't she realise the contradiction between world class status and the claim 30% of the intake is from disadvantaged backgrounds (with corresponding entry scores)?

    Come McMillen. Get it right and be honest.

    We are happy for you (and the students) that you get extra funding for enrolling students from the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum, but don't make a fool of yourself with extraordinary claims that contradict facts.

  5. This is scandalous and should be investigated by The Australian, not endorsed by it.

    Marketing strategies should be lablled as such to avoid misleading consumers, students and community in this case.

  6. According to the Australian newspaper today:


    "Australian universities sink in world standing according to QS world university ranking

    HE majority of Australian universities have sunk on the ladder of the world's leading institutions, but seven still in rank in the world top 100.

    The top universities in Australia were: ANU, Melbourne, (31) Sydney (38), UQ (43), University of NSW (52) Monash (=69)and the University of Western Australia (84) which all made the top 100."

    The above makes it very clear that the University of Newcastle is not one of top 100 in the world. It doesn't even get a mention.

    Should the UoN be made accountable for its lie which is misleading to the public, students in particular.

  7. The above statement proves the UoN management lie to the public. Do you really think their record on preventing bullying is just as good?

  8. The head of one school has no practical expertise in the field he is supposed to lead, the new postgraduate supervisor (he appointed) has never gotten any students to compete postgraduate study and has not published any research. The same postgraduate supervisor apparently was unable to recall what the structure of the honours program was during a seminar.

    This same staff member was given an award by the University in the last 3 years.