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)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New job opportunity?

The University of Newcastle (UoN) is advertising for a "Student Advocate" to work with Jennifer Allen, Dean of Students.  The job description begins with the following:-

"In relation to academic matters only, the Student Advocate will provide professional and independent support and assistance to any student enrolled at the University who notifies the University’s Office of Student Advocacy of an issue(s) or concern(s). This support and assistance may include the provision to a student of one or more of the following of support services: information, advice, referral, facilitation, mediation and advocacy."

So... the University has drastically cut funding to NUSA resulting in major cuts to the work NUSA and its Grievance Officer do to support students, not only in academic matters, but in a wide variety of personal, social and financial issues.

The Dean of Students (and now presumably the Student Advocate) are apparently there to "ensure that all students receive fair and equitable treatment at the University of Newcastle across all courses and campuses".  The Dean of Students and the Student Advocate are both employees of the University. 

If you are skilful enough to appear to support students whilst pushing the University line, perhaps the Student Advocate job is for you!

1 comment:

  1. They want one person to replace the opinion of the entire student union and NUSA and we mustn't think this is gonna be corrupt?