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)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Scott Holmes research job and the University of Newcastle budget

So Scott Holmes has spent a year on his University of Newcastle salary (conservatively $350,000 - plus a bonus or two - see previous Herald article on salaries) doing "research" and has researched a new job for himself at the Unviersity of Western Sydney.

Meanwhile, Caroline McMillen has been telling staff about the "$12 million worth of federal funding cuts announced last year".

Sixteen admin staff members have taken "voluntary separation". The uni has "supported staff to make "positive choices" about their careers" (Newcastle Herald). 


PS There are many of us who have been harassed and victimised by the University of Newcastle and have lost our careers and health who would love to have a year's salary doing Scott-Holmes-type-research!


  1. Fuck Scott Holmes. Seriously, I was blugeoned almost to death psychologically and had my scholarship revoked at the uni, and it was worth 10,000 per year.

    This pig has squandered the futures of 35 postgraduates for an opportunity to be employed somewhere else.

    Education is dead in Australia.

  2. In order to justify close to 500000 dollars of student fees, Scott (he does not deserve the title professor) Holmes should list his research methodology and actual outcomes or he should be made to pay the money back.

    For anyone reading this, the above sort of activity is commonplace at the University and is part of their bullying culture.