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)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wasting taxpayers' money

"Seventy of the UK’s universities spent a total of nearly £19 million over four years on settling employment disputes, with a lawyer warning that higher education was spending more than employers in many other sectors in defending claims." THE

This included the cost of Human Resources personnel, internal legal staff and employing external lawyers.

One university (Cranfield University) paid out the largest total amount over the four years: £1.44 million.

We know that the University of Newcastle has a large internal legal unit to deal with employee disputes.  We also know that the University employs barristers, external lawyers and "independent" investigators to defend the university against disputes including complaints about bullying and gagging/silencing clauses.  There is also the cost of additional Human Resources staff, a complaints department and numerous marketing and public relations staff to promote the various anti-bullying programs that the University rolls out.

How much public money has the University of Newcastle spent in defending its staff at all costs against claims? 


  1. This is my first post on this blog. I was not wanting to have to deal with University considering their current reputation yet I feel I must speak out.

    The University have decided to called their new orchestra ORCHESTRA NEWCASTLE.

    There is a long standing community orchestra that has been established fir over 20 years called ORCHESTRA NOVA. This orchestra regularly obtains council funding and performs symphonic repertoire to the highest level.

    I don't want to appear close minded but could the University call their orchestra something else? They mention they want to nurture creativity and begin by trying to gouge an existing organisation. Their title could be called plagiarism, a most unacademic trait and certainly one they should not be encouraging.

  2. www.orchestranova.org.au

  3. Public proof of the University behaving like a bully and also accepting plagiarism as fair practice.

    Community audiences are aware of the swindle and are going to boycott the University.

  4. OMG I'm glad the University is trying to pull this off. The more people that know about that place the better. All their marketing strength used against them!!!:-) #unifail

  5. The problem with UoN is that they got rid of their orchestra a few years ago. Instead of rebuilding it from scratch honestly they just want to swipe an existing group's credibility and reputation by both bullying and plagiarizing. Not good enough UoN, get your own title and reputation like the way Orchestra Nova has and then we'll talk.

  6. All of the above posts are mine. I am not an administrator of either orchestra or would like to be. I am only a community member.

    I would have liked to have considered both orchestras worthwhile but they aren't. They are linked. I wrote what I did in defence of the administration of Orchestra Nova not wishing to see it dissolve. Since all parties are happy with this then this can occur.

    My personal experience with the university was damaging. Posting the above comments was to protect not harm. They are actually a stronger force combined than separate. I wish the amalgamated orchestra all the very best.