Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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Monday, September 23, 2013

MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! Now you see the new CIO Mark Pigot, now you don't.

Mark Pigot, who was appointed as Chief Information Officer in IT at the University of Newcastle following the resignation of Mary Sharp, has left after FOUR months.

A hot-off-the-press article in CIO by Stephanie McDonald reports that Mark Pigot has left some weeks ago but he declined to comment.

"He was appointed CIO in June this year following Mary Sharp’s resignation in February to take on a new role as head of IT for UTS Insearch, a Sydney-based higher education institution and pathway provider to the University of Technology Sydney.
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 Ann Walters, associate director IT services, has been appointed acting CIO, according to a staff directory. She was also appointed acting CIO following the departure of Sharp."

Apparently, Pigot had been director of ICT infrastructure and operation at the University of Sydney. 

The article further states that

"He was appointed to the role of CIO to lead the University of Newcastle’s strategic plan to be a global leader in education, research and innovation by 2025.

Pigot previously told CIO Australia the university is planning to establish a building in its Newcastle city campus that allows teachers to pilot new technology-driven learning styles, such as flip and blended learning and massive open online course."

According to McDonald's article, the University has been asked for comment.

When he was appointed, the University of Newcastle said that he
"will bring skills and experiences across all aspects of IT including infrastructure, applications, client services and governance to the new Chief Information Officer role," said University of Newcastle Chief Operating Officer, Nat McGregor.

"His professional experience extends to multinational organisations, including working with Reckitt and Colman, where he developed the global IT infrastructure strategy. Also with AMP, he was responsible for developing the organisation's first integrated IT risk management strategy. We look forward to the improvements he will bring to the University of Newcastle."

What exactly has happened here?
Are we just suspicious because of what we have experienced, seen and heard?
Has anyone any information on this?  
All comments or contact via email welcome - stopbullyingat-newcastleuni@live.com

And how much did he get to leave??


  1. He was probably too upright and morally centred for old UoN. If you are truly evil and self centred you will do well in their local university circles. This is self evident in the bullying epidemic which has flourished and continues to grow there.

  2. If the bulk of the course material is to placed online why does the University of Newcastle have to even exist?

    Far better for the decent academics of this world to actually teach our students. They can now without the prejudice of distance.

    The University of Newcastle folks has a MASSIVE problem with bullying. They keep denying it but it keeps being a problem.

    Long live education

    RIP University of Newcastle you were once a contender.

    This new system sounds great. Get rid of the University of Newcastle permanently and offer the education to those who can actually do it best.

  3. What is he did something really wrong (like bullying??) and it could not be covered up - even though the uni is very good at that? Perhaps they could not hide it, like happened in the engineering faculty.

  4. Perhaps he is the bully rather being the victim of bullying. Either way the University (a public organisation funded by the government) will be the last to tell anyone anything...... I wonder why?

  5. Pigot was involved in the Sydney Uni corruption issue - check out Operation Citrus in ICAC.

    "It was also a conflict of interest for Mr Demiralay to have
    played a part in the selection of agencies for an informal
    preferred suppliers list that included Succuro Recruitment
    Pty Ltd and was compiled by his manager, Mark Pigot,
    in November 2009. Mr Demiralay was one of the
    managers Mr Pigot included in the process of deciding the
    recruitment agencies to be placed on the list. Being placed
    on that list assured the use of Succuro Recruitment Pty
    Ltd by other managers in ICT besides Mr Demiralay."

  6. Wow the University sure is unstable, I wonder what else they are trying to hide?