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 5, 2013

Poor Caroline McMillen?

Should we feel sorry for the Vice Chancellor.

Is she regretting her move to the University of Newcastle?

There she was at the University of Adelaide – one of the prestigious “Group of 8” universities.

She was the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research & Innovation.
She has degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities – universities that are REALLY AND TRULY amongst the "world leading universities". 

Then she finds herself at the University of Newcastle…

  • Yes she is the Vice Chancellor with lots of power.
  • Yes she has an extremely high salary
  • Yes she has an office in the Chancellery
  • Yes she has the opportunity for lots of publicity.

But at what cost?

What did Nick Saunders say or do to convince her to come to Newcastle? 

Does she feel she got a raw deal?

Does she feel she was sold a lemon?

It must be very tough if you were taken in by all the gloss and glory and then you learn what the reality is.  What else can you do but ramp up publicity and marketing to cover the ever-widening cracks, and then start looking for other positions!


  1. It is a pity that a place being marketed as a place of opportunity isn't.

    She is on a huge salary, has never been bullied in her life and yes, when the boat sinks she will be one of the first to bail.

    She has the power to change things, listen to the students etc. I see no evidence of her doing that.

    It is too late for me, the damage is done. All she had to do was listen.

  2. Lady Gag-Us, as I will now refer to that specimen caught in the wild above is in a deluded state.

    Nothing worse than a clueless liar.