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, March 2, 2014

University of Newcastle Little Known Fact #998

A lecturer discussed irregularities in the recruitment process in confidence with HR.
Action by HR:  "..... said (without consulting any colleagues or documentation) that the process had been handled according to policy and that nothing would happen unless a formal complaint was made which I did not do"

Action by Head of School: " On .........., I was told by ......... that I could not go to my office during working hours because she needed .......to be there and ........said that ........would not come in to her office if I was in my office. She told me that I could work at home although I stated that I did not have the facilities (e.g. computer, specialised linguistic analysis software licensed to the university computer) that I needed in order to continue the NHMRC research. (despite ........ undertaking to provide me with research infrastructure for my NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellowship – According to this grant application, ........ undertook to provide me with the research infrastructure necessary for this research (“Shared office space and shared access to computers will be provided through the School, along with support for general consumables, email, internet, library access. The School will provide access to software for linguistic analyses and recording equipment that are already available in the School from the completion of previously funded research in the area of discourse analysis. The University will provide the infrastructure support for the financial management of funds received.)”. At that stage, I had over a year of my NHMRC fellowship to complete".

Lecturer lost her research and clinical education position at the University of Newcastle.

1 comment:

  1. The University is coming to an end. There have been too many scandals, too much inappropriate behaviour and poor attitudes to see the institution lasting much longer.

    You should be allowed to think at a University as well as learn.

    The UoN is desperate, hence the marketing push. They know they have to try and fool the public into extending the shelf life of the business.

    What they may not have noticed is that it has already expired. Notice the staff exodus, the extensive coverups and lies, notice the immediate desire for control no matter the cost. They even berate the media for poor image portrayal.

    A decent University would take great care and pride in looking after its staff and students. Instead we have a playground stocked with some unimaginably amoral types whose sole aim is to please themselves.

    Imagine being in the victim's place. Imagine the fear and the loss of confidence as the bully renders their victim more and more helpless.

    Imagine a system or culture that silently condones it.

    What has happened is criminal and must be addressed.