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)

Monday, February 17, 2014

University of Newcastle Little known fact # 547

A senior lecturer received high students' evaluations.
Action by UoN: "90 per cent of my teaching ... was deleted without consultation".

Senior lecturer complained to Head of School about removal of teaching.
Action by UoN: Senior lecturer was "removed from the co-ordination and teaching in all Human Geography courses"


  1. I know the person who made that decision and to put it lightly he/she is a bad seed. Only a pathological bully would even consider doing what they did to that senior lecturer.

    This kind of behaviour is happening all the time at the University. The only real reason things seem sage now is because the University is much more efficient at this process and are well rehearsed at it.

    Many of the gifted staff have left.

    The finances of the institution are in severe decline.

    What's left are the bad apples and the also rans. The ones who take an axe to anyone who makes them look inadequate. In some cases this happens when they are compared to aspiring first year students.

    You can't teach integrity.

    One more thing. The conjugate pairing of whom many refer to Macbeth and his equally dubious Lady Macbeth in the upper chambers. Enjoy the ride, your deed is sown.

  2. It is very sad to acknowledge that professional jealousy and bullying can be so freely allowed to proliferate at the cost of a decent lecturer's well being.

    What quality teaching has the school offered since then. Nothing.

    It should not be a crime to be both brilliant and charismatic yet the UoN have made it abundantly clear that these traits are undesirable.