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)

Monday, August 25, 2014

University of Newcastle resolving issues

The University of Newcastle now has a new section within "Governance and Leadership" entitled "Resolving Issues".

The blurb goes on to say

"We aim to assist in, and encourage, the resolution of issues at the lowest level and as quickly as possible". (emphasis added)

YES, this is true.  The University of Newcastle certainly sinks to the lowest level when dealing with bullying - it reaches new depths in victimising and harassing whistleblowers or those who make complaints.  That IS the lowest level of dealing with bullying and complaints - whatever you do, don't solve the issues but just get rid of the person who speaks out.

The new "Resolving Issues" "initiative" of the University also states what is true about the University's response in dealing with issues "as quickly as possible".  Oh yes, quickly get rid of the person making the complaint or speaking out about unethical behaviour - harass them, ostracise them and then pay them to keep quiet.  That quickly dispatches any issue/person "as quickly as possible".

We applaud the University of Newcastle for admitting to the way it deals with "resolving issues".   Now that the uni has admitted that it DOES sink to the lowest level and as quickly as possible, perhaps they will take some REAL action about the issues of harassment and bullying that have occurred and that continue to occur at the University.

Friday, August 22, 2014

McCloy and McMillen - 2013

Thursday, August 21, 2014

But will the investigation investigate the University of Newcastle?

The University of Newcastle has been given government funds to

"explore how industrial tribunals in the Hunter region are leading Australia in the proactive promotion of workplace co-operation."
"aim to uncover more information about how tribunals operate, as well as demonstrate the contribution workplace co-operation makes to enhanced organisational performance".

Industrial Tribunals are "independent judicial bodies that hear and determine claims to do with employment matters.  These include a range of claims relating to unfair dismissal, breach of contract, wages/other payments, as well as discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, part time working or equal pay."

How many cases of harassment, discrimination and unfair dismissal have been heard before the Newcastle Industrial Tribunal?

"The project's case studies will involve a range of Hunter organisations from both the public and private sectors, including Port Stephens Council, Delta Electricity's Lake Macquarie power station and large-scale construction projects."

Why is the University of Newcastle not one of the bodies being investigated?

Is this a case of "the pot calling the kettle black"?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The University of Newcastle and city development - was McCloy involved?

"Plans shown to Newcastle councillors on Tuesday night include a 45-metre tower, to be built at the corner of Hunter and Auckland streets, and a 30-metre building that would adjoin the Civic Theatre."

"Newcastle City Council has agreed to sell the derelict former Civic Hotel site and surrounds to the university for about $3million, but the sale is conditional on a $65million federal grant application."

"Newcastle’s application was shortlisted, along with 40 others."

"One hurdle might be planning regulations. The 45-metre height of the proposed building is over the 30-metre height restriction at the site. Additional height is needed mainly to accommodate large lecture theatres. "

Is this normal university behaviour?

What is happening to students at the University of Newcastle? Here are a few of their comments to us:-
-    told I will fail my course in front of other because my standard of work is garbadge. 
-    Humiliated in front of peers by lecturer
-    Expectation that I work as an RA (unpaid) while I completed a PhD. I was lead to believe that I needed to work 2 days per week as an RA on my supervisor's research project to receive my scholarship
-    Sexual Harrasment
-    As student: Threats of legal action on the basis of intellectual property laws with regards to skills learnt in class from lecturer and head of school Subsequent demotion after job re-interview with same head of school on pannel Rejection of RHD application two years running despite first class honours, strong application and supervisor support in subject area under same head of school, once where he was on the pannel 
-    As a student and staff, I have no rights. My work is beening removed from me as it is a part of a larger project. My supervisors have a conflict of interest. They are suposed to help me succeed, however they get more praise if they have the work for themselves on the project. All my ideas are presented as theirs. In the supervision meetings I am told my ideas are rubbish. After the meetings, the supervisors present my ideas. I can't believe I got myself in this situation. I need to leave and change supervisors.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Does McCloy suffer from the new "University of Newcastle" disease?

Jeff McCloy, the mayor of Newcastle, has just resigned - "before being pushed"

He has an engineering degree from the University of Newcastle and he also provides a scholarship for students at the University.

Did he catch the new variant of Newcastle disease (now named as the "University of Newcastle" disease) when he studied there?

Friday, August 15, 2014

A NEW Newcastle disease?

"Newcastle disease (ND) is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic poultry, cage and aviary birds and wild birds."

Is there a new variant affecting humans?

Is there a new variant that is highly contagious and spreads corruption?

The University of Newcastle has a long history of plagiarism, harassment and bullying (including gagging clauses to silence those who suffered) (see books, book chapters and newspaper articles relating to this).

The University of Newcastle has been investigated by ICAC and found guilty on charges relating to plagiarism.

Has the new variant of Newcastle disease spread out from the University of Newcastle into the wider community?

Think about this;-
  • The Newcastle-Maitland area has been found to be the epicentre of abuse by the Catholic clergy(were any of them educated at the Unviersity of Newcastle?)
  •  The current ICAC inquiry involving state MPs and the Newcastle mayor.  
    •  Tim Owen, State Member for Newcastle visited the University of Newcastle Legal Centre last year. 
    •  Both Andrew Cornwell and Garry Edwards have been involved in activities at the University of Newcastle (e.g. as judges in competitions). 
    •  Jeff McCloy, mayor of Newcastle, who has admitted to giving money to MPs campaigns, has a degree from the University of Newcastle.
  • Previous University of Newcastle professor acted as a paid consultant to HDC and/or GPT to support the "cut the railway line" campaign. ("McCloy campaigned against the heavy rail line through Newcastle").

Who else has been infected by this new variant of Newcastle disease, now identified as the "University of Newcastle disease?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Saving tips for the University of Newcastle

"THE University of Newcastle would be stripped of $170 million in federal funding if proposed higher education reforms are introduced, the Opposition has warned." (Newcastle Herald)
So how can the uni save some money?
Here's one way..... 15 people reported in our survey that they had been gagged by the University.    As well as these fifteen individuals, we have had additional reports of ex-staff being gagged.
We have information that each of these were given anywhere from $250,000 upwards  e.g. additional funding into their super.  
Conservatively this means that the University has spent $3.75 MILLION (15 x $250,000) on getting ex-staff to keep quiet about what happened to them.  
So the uni could save a considerable amount of money by 
  • cutting the costs for their ever-increasing MEDIA MACHINE
  • dealing with the bullying and harassment that has taken place and continues to take place, rather than paying people to keep quiet.