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)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bullied employee gets damages for psychiatric illness

"Time and again many employers put their heads in the sand when it comes to investigating allegations of misconduct and they are often paying a costly price.

In this case of alleged workplace bullying[1], the employer’s failure to initiate an investigation on more than one occasion left an ex-employee with a debilitating psychiatric illness."

Does that sound familiar?

This report describes what happened to an employe of "a Queensland university" when her bullying complaint was not investigated.  She engaged lawyers and
"At the initial trial hearing the employee was unsuccessful, however on appeal the Court awarded her $364,008.64 in damages (plus costs)."

The report continues, stating that
"properly assessing an allegation of workplace bullying is a crucial first step."

Not rocket science!


  1. Please google Dr Michelle Adams for a good example of what this University is like. She is currently unable to work and is under constant medical supervision after being bullied.
    The University was found to be responsible despite claims of not being held liable. They were made to pay her compensation yet claim not to have bullied her. Lies.

  2. To anyone reading this who might be thinking of studying at the University of Newcastle. Please exercise due caution before proceeding.

  3. This is a university where a "senior lecturer" is able to be kept on a 130K+ salary. At the time X had absolutely no students and hadn't actually contributed or lectured anything during the whole time I was there.

    X did spend a lot of time talking with the head of school, (God knows X had plenty of spare time). The head of school targeted me in a bullying episode at a conference using information I had given solely to X!!!!

    This lecturer's next move was to take a 6 month overseas holiday for "stress leave" (doing absolutely nothing is stressful?)

    The public are paying for such atrocious mediocrity. X's last public demonstration of talent was over 2 years ago and a poor reflection of what X was once capable of.

    Not good enough UoN. Not good enough.