Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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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)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

How many of these apply to the University of Newcastle?

The Employment Law Handbook has compiled a list of warning signs of bullying in the workplace. They suggest using this list to investigate further.


  1. Patterns of absenteeism or excessive sick leave.
  2. High staff turnover.
  3. A high number of grievances, injury reports or WorkCover claims.
  4. A workplace culture that accepts or promotes a ‘tough guy’, ‘dog eat dog’ or ‘harden up’ attitude to interpersonal relationships, performance management and distribution of work.
  5. Leadership styles that are particularly forceful, rude or aggressive, demanding, aloof, overbearing or micromanaging.
  6. Systems of work in which there is:
    • uneven or unfair distribution of work;
    • excessive intervention in a person’s work;
    • excessive amounts of work; or
    • provision of menial or tedious tasks, or failure to provide any (or any meaningful) work.
  7. Workplace relationships in which one or more people are excluded from a larger group or social activities.


  1. Below is an article from Science daily.

    Schools with an explicit anti bullying protocol are generally far more likely to be a school with a bullying problem.

    "One possible reason for this is that the students who are victimizing their peers have learned the language from these anti-bullying campaigns and programs," said Seokjin Jeong, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington and lead author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Criminology.


  2. 1. The faculty of m($&@ has had an extraordinary level of stress leave from staff.

    2. Many staff have left this faculty or were fired.

    3. Most definitely a huge number of complaints, some involved gagging of staff members who were fired. Their story is still yet to be told.

    4. "This is the state of the industry" "We are the guinea pigs of the new system". Refusal to take responsibility for parts of the system failing. Constantly citing a lack of cooperation from other staff members or "work pressure". He even tried "I am in therapy" despite obviously no effort to try and remedy said situations. Relentless paranoia.

    5. I can't say who but one of the leaders comeback for any professional crticism was that they "were making him the target of their insecurities". Emails were not answered or tasks involving leadership quickly delegated to other staff members. Extraction of private information about students and staff from social media.
    Withdrawal of support from projects deemed worthless by leader.

    6. Staff members deliberately given extra tasks or unfair workloads in a attempt to demoralise or control. Job descriptions and course contents constantly being changed and renamed. People in constant fear for their job security.

    7. The inner circle of people who were "in" with the leader and those who weren't. The inner circle would often self appoint leadership decisions against the wishes or authority of other staff members.

    1. Very hard to take someone seriously who cannot play an instrument proficiently, has no discography of his own music, has no PhD yet has the nerve to call himself a professor of music.

    2. This so called professor claims to have been in many contemporary groups but with no evidence available, hasn't published any peer reviewed research articles or has even actually personally directed anything to completion at the faculty.

  3. Newcastle University - the world's worst University.

    Newcastle University is in the top 10
    "10 most high profile plagiarism scandals that rocked higher ed"


    This list was compiled from universities globally.

    The University of Newcastle has an extremely bad reputation. That's not including the Spautz case or the Bayley-Jones case. Meaning the same scenario keeping happening there.

    The world's worst University.

  4. Anything that compromises the coroporate agenda of the so called "University of Newcastle" will be eliminated. That includes innocent people. They are on to a good thing this student thingo. Don't get in their way!!!!