Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Oh dear!

Someone else apart from this blog has noted that the University of Newcastle has fallen in the latest QS University Rankings. 

The Illawarra Mercury states that
"the University of Newcastle slipped 30 places to 298th".


  1. ... and this is just the beginning!

    One of the creative faculties has been referred to as "the worst in the whole country". Yet apparently we are in the top 3% of the world.

  2. Yes, the "challenger brand" style of education (words from Caroline McMillen) is a failure. The current management will be the last to admit this.

    Employ staff who are competent, understated and have a human soul. These are three things important for academics to properly educate the future generations of humans. Impart not only knowledge but humanity.

    In my opinion humanity is one area sorely lacking at the University. Don't study there, it will ruin your life (again my opinion which I am entitled to.)

  3. Here is an honest question for the University. How much money have they spent on marketing their "new image" and the so called anti-bullying effort?

    I suspect to run full sides of buses as billboards and placard the entire city with banners of the university corporate logo would have cost thousands at least.

    If the reputation of the University is world class why do they have to keep reminding the public that it is. The thing is it used to be without any marketing like this in the past.

    Not now of course!!! Check the academic credentials of the top league of the so called "challenger brand" of education (disregard their credentials from within the University) and you will wonder why they have the hide to market the University as world class. More like struggling to even be given the title mediocre.

    Keep your sloganeering cash and spend it on decent staff UoN!!! Then you might have a chance of actually delivering what you promise. Also don't hush people with contracts!! It will fare badly if you do.

    People everywhere are watching what you do and honestly the University is the laughing stock from all over Australia and overseas. Like most things done at the University they have been awfully sloppy trying to maintain their "new tolerant attitude" and "new policies" in "maintaining a peaceful collaborative environment" which is "respectful of diversity". Just stop marketing and teach!!!

    1. It would take about four years to get that information from the uni- it took the Newcastle Herald about that long to find out how much the top people t the uni get paid.
      About the buses, it costs $8,000 for an advert on the side of a bus - but that does not include actually producing the ad. $8000 just for the space. Burning tax payers' money again!!

    2. World class marketing

      World class cover up by the university

      Working class education standard with the politics to boot.

  4. 8000 is at least two equity scholarships. Two disadvantaged students could have received and education for the price of those high resolution lies printed on buses.

    This is why the University of Newcastle is NOT world class.

    True education is not a brand.