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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

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)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Have your say - The Guardian Bullying in academia survey

Here is a chance to have your say about what has happened to you at the University of Newcastle.  The Guardian newspaper is running a survey about bullying in academia.

You can remain anonymous if you wish and you can also decide if you want to name the University of not.

Read this first-hand account, answer their survey and/or contact them with more information.  Otherwise you can add a comment to their article.




Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
- Haile Selassie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trevor Waring - support for victims of bullying?

Honorary Fellowship for former UON Chancellor
07 October 2014

"Professor Trevor Waring AM, former University of Newcastle Chancellor, was made an Honorary Fellow at the recent Australian Psychological Society's annual conference.

With over 22,000 Australian Psychological Society (APS) members, this is a rare distinction. Fewer than one percent of the membership are represented by the category of 'Fellow', a privilege that Professor Waring had already held for a number of years.

The grade of Honours Fellow is bestowed rarely, with only 14 previous recipients in the Society's 50 year history. The fellowship is bestowed on existing fellows who have made an extraordinary contribution to APS and a distinguished contribution to the advancement of psychological knowledge or practice.

Professor Waring is a Clinical Psychologist and conjoint Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle."

This is an honour BUT what did he do for those of us bullied and victimised at the University of Newcastle?