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)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Spending/wasting taxpayers' money

"Public universities are supposed to be providing a public good to society and therefore should be forced to be totally transparent with their finances and accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, they are allowed to operate under the radar with very few questions asked. These universities are neither transparent nor accountable for their finances because neither the public nor the elected officials are questioning them and the media isn't investigating them."

"How much tuition money is being spent on education and how much is wasted on everything else that has nothing to do with education? How much of the endowment money goes towards improving the quality of education? How much money goes into the pockets of the administrators and bureaucrats that never step foot inside a classroom? These are just a few of the questions the public universities should be forced to answer.

Students have a right to know exactly how much of their money actually goes towards their own education. Taxpayers have a right to know if their money is being used like it should be. If their money isn't being spent wisely, then the universities should be held accountable. I don't think this is asking too much from institutions that are supposedly here to serve the interests of the public." (emphasis added)


  1. From Caroline McMillen's blog

    "Many institutions, including our own, hold firmly to the principle of maintaining the confidentiality of staff and identifying details of their case to protect their reputation in the face of what may turn out to be unfounded or unsubstantiated claims of bullying. Thus when journalists call trying to establish the identity of an alleged bully – usually after they have been ‘tipped off’ – we will always act to protect the confidentiality of the individual in question even if it means withstanding the implication that the institution has ‘something to hide’ "

    What if the accusations of bullying are accurate? How does such a closed and secretive attitude benefit anyone but the aggressor?

    I am still paying for studying under the direction of porn making sociopath. The sociopath has the complete protection of the University despite many complaints.

    Many bullies when in position of power will accuse the accuser of being a bully. Attacking the messenger without taking any personal responsibility is a hallmark sociopath behaviour.

    Her diatribe on bullying accepts no responsibility for bullying at the University either personally or on behalf of the University.

    Thereby she is also just as guilty. She in condoning or turning a blind eye to bullying she is also a bully.

    I don't trust or negotiate with people or institutions which bully or abuse their power. Get lost Caroline.

  2. More from Caroline McMillen in the Newcastle Herald.


    "As the vice-chancellor, and as someone committed through my career in medicine, research and academia to the values of integrity, fairness and social justice, it is now time to make some things clear.

    Let’s be clear that our university is a remarkable and rewarding place to work for more than 6400 staff who feel absolutely passionate about what they do through their research, their teaching and as professional staff. They have told us this directly – in our 2012 survey of our staff, 80per cent expressed ‘‘strong job satisfaction’’. "


    Google "University of Newcastle bully".

    Why does the University have at least 5 websites devoted to anti-bullying strategies?

    Just because you can conduct your own survey means it is accurate. What other indices are involved? I know what happens to staff who dare to disagree.

    The writer is trained in medicine, a science based on lateral thinking and statistics. She should know something isn't right at the University. For her to try and pull this off is quite frankly unacademic.

    For example, apparently statistics prove that everyone has at least one testicle, according to last count at the University. That just isn't true either.

    I wasn't aware someone that high up could lie so coldly.

    1. How many of the 6400 staff can you say is sooo unhappy and being bullied? If so, what percentage is it? and then, how much does that differ to the average? (Which is not zero percentage).
      Wild accusations with no numbers ^^.

  3. The media is blocked from investigating the University, and so are the politicians.

  4. .....by the way the pornography the head of school showed students was made by himself.

  5. Ex-dean of biomedical science was one of this kind of the fellows in UoN as you mentioned in above discussion...

    It is a big shame.