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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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

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.


  1. Well said. The town is corrupt. So is the University.

    The media machine the university has created is in overdrive.

    The youth unemployment rate is as high as 20% in some areas in the Hunter.

    This means the management have plenty of eager students and staff for victimising.

    The logistics and cost of the media assault this university has created is staggering.

    The university logo (the one they changed after a massive plagiarism scandal) is on;

    on takeaway coffee cups,
    flags festooned along the entire main street of the town, also in Ourimbah and Gosford
    glossy promotional boards for new buildings
    on radio advertising
    newspaper and other printed merchandise
    an "aim high" station wagon (yes I know this was a new low for me too)
    massive side of bus print advertising
    a social media blitz including prizes for students posing with official paraphernalia.
    print advertisement placed in shop fronts as a corporate sponsor.
    an anti bullying program for youth and video campaign despite claiming there is no bullying problem

    Remember the laws of marketing.

    If you are a true academic have a look at the construct of advertising and weigh the true worth and impact of the product they are extolling.

    Chances are they (the marketer) are creating the desire for the product that didn't exist before.

    The problem is, if a university (not a uni as used in the advertising) is truly valuable and doing a good job of educating its students it would be very hard to market
    (the other syndicate of marketing is that truly necessary objects are hard to sell).

    The university has always been dodgy but it used to carry itself way higher without any advertising whatsoever.

    The grand irony is that this campaign has been organised by a chancellery that contains a social science lecturer who should be sceptical of marketing instead of embracing it. Hyperbole extremis.

    People are the product of education, not just the results. Try marketing that.

  2. Why the university is getting a funding cut.

    A lack of actual results.

    Bullies don't teach, they pretend too while they dominate and destroy.

    If you feel like paying good money to keep someone like that in luxury well I can't stop you. Chances are you can do better outside of the University of Newcastle.

  3. *too spelling is correct as it refers to the ingrained bullying and intimidation culture at the University of Newcastle.