Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kevin McConkey re-appears!

Kevin McConkey, previously DVC (Academic and International), has now joined NOUS, a "leading Australian owned management consulting and leadership development firm".
Prof. Kevin McConkey
McConkey at NOUS
Apparently, this company aims "to improve our society’s well-being" with solutions  that: 
  • "confront society’s tough challenges to improve the lives of all Australians
  • build effective, strong organisations that create value
  • shape organisational architecture and culture to maximise competitive advantage
  • develop people and enable leaders to deliver great organisational outcomes"
McConkey "has worked with organisations on strategic planning, financial management, renewable energy, property development, and international education. He is currently engaged by companies and institutions in the People’s Republic of China to provide advice and support in these areas of activity."

"improving lives"?????

Can this be the same Kevin Mcconkey many of us had to face at the University of Newcastle?  


  1. He told me he was "ONLY the DVC" so he couldn't do anything about the harassment and victimisation that I suffered. What excuse will he use at this new company?

  2. I hold him partly responsible for the bullying epidemic at the University. He could have stepped in an done something way earlier.

  3. Sociopath by the sound of the job description. This is why we educate folks to self empower and not be enslaved by policies that "shape organisational architecture and culture to maximise competitive advantage".

    That's right up there with "a harassment free work space which is respectful and collaborative, full of diversity and inclusiveness".

  4. Caroline McMillen aka Lady Gag Us or Mother Mobster strikes again.


    More proof of her not only being a bully but also rude and irresponsible.

  5. University on edge of disintegration due to bullying


  6. Diversity and inclusiveness


  7. The chancellor of the University is a businessman and so is the mayor of this town. Pair this with University funding cuts, an already severe bullying culture and a government not willing to restore our economy.

    I think we are duly headed for a collapse.

    Newcastle is no longer relevant as a city also. Its industry position is not nearly as high profile as it once was.

    Newcastle University cannot afford its redevelopment plans and are seeking private investors and to gouge cash from its core industry, students.

    They are admitting students into courses without proper screening with the full knowledge they will be ill prepared for success. Their target is a high percentage of disadvantaged students.

    Whistleblowers and dissidents are removed without proper caution as they interrupt the money making scheme. The University will stop bullying if it keeps making them money and doesn't ruin their profile. This has more to do with policy than people. People don't matter at all.

    Unfortunately with such undue pressure and such patently obvious greed the very last item on the agenda is decent education, hence the huge emphasis on achievement credentials rather than quality education.

    Standards are dropping, have a look at all the plaigarism charges against the University.

    Marketing muscle and media saturation are what businesses do to corner the market. Hence the University's massive media campaign.

    Your existance as a human being means absolutely nothing if you stop them making money.

    In my opinion if you want a quality education choose an online course, preferably from an overseas university. Bypass the dreck and collusion and false claims of student welfare.

    Stay safe and not be exploited. Remember if they were any good they wouldn't keep reminding you in public would they?

  8. He's a psychopath. He bullied everyone at UNSW. Very very nasty man.

  9. Poor Kevvie (aka Shonkey McConkey) always thought he was going to be a VC at one of the top Australian universities.

    I laughed at how he used to strut around like a peacock (at UNSW and Newcastle uni)

    What Kevvie didn't realise only the smart psychopaths get to be VC's.

    Poor little Kevvie, the irrelevant short person.