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, September 22, 2014

Female to female bullying

  According to the latest workplace bullying survey,

  • Men are 69% of the perpetrators and females are 31%;
  • When men bully, females are 57% of targets and males are 43%;
  • When women bully, females are 68% of targets and males are 32%;
  • Overall, women are 60% of bullying targets and men are 40%.
So women tend to do less bullying but when they do, they predominantly bully females.

"But female bullies can be subtle and craftier than their male counterparts, says Marilyn Noble, who researches workplace bullying at the University of New Brunswick.

“Women tend to use relational aggression. It’s verbal, psychological, emotional bullying. People don’t recognize it – it’s covert, it’s harder to pin down and to prove,” she says.

There’s also a lot of reputation smearing, and female bullies often manipulate others into joining them, says Diane Rodgers, co-ordinator for the Bully Within, a B.C. group of professionals who have organized to fight workplace bullying."  (emphasis added) (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Is this how the many female bullies at the University of Newcastle, particularly in female-dominated areas like nursing, language, humanities, speech pathology, social work, etc, get away with bullying?


  1. People often shy up when they overhear me discussing what happened at the University. They can't believe it and they think it's something that couldn't happen there.

    It did. I don't have any business telling lies. What is happening there is similar to what the Catholic Church was doing (and worse) and will be exposed much in the same horrendous way later as the church has.

    If you destroy innocent people and they survive like I did, the institution and the perpetrators that committed those acts must be held accountable. I was not significant and my well being did not matter in the slightest to them.

    The tide is turning. The University is struggling to stay relevant and attract quality staff. The reason they will not come is because of bullying. I predict if they will amalgamate with Sydney in 2017 as they cannot maintain such poor strategy for much longer.

  2. I think if the University of Newcastle had a slogan it would be "not very academic"

  3. My experience with this institute learnt me a hard-earned lesson that 'if you want to lose your sanity and your dignity as a human, go to university of Newcastle in Australia to study there.