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.




  1. It is funny to see that UoN is running a story on the website about its latest ARC success with a beaming photo of a researcher who has already resigned (wonder why) and is taking her ARC grant with her.

  2. I did the survey. Too bad this University wants to be a "global leader" at any cost (sociopath) and is now the subject of bullying research.

    Thank God other Universities are actually doing real research. Hope it doesn't give UoN a bad reputation but I think it probably will given the rash of bullying related suicides that have happened there.