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)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

University of Newcastle - keeping its world renowned status!

The University of Newcastle (UON) has been named Australia's top performing, young university by two independent, global ranking systems – the 2014 QS 'Top 50 under 50' and the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) 'Top 100 under 50'.

Along with this rise in the rankings, where is the University of Newcastle in the Bullying in Higher Education ranking tables?

In the United Kingdom, the percentage of people who have experienced bullying within academic settings is higher than the national average. UK higher education studies have found the percentage of people experiencing it ranges between 18% to 42%.

" Cultures where bullying flourishes have been characterised as competitive, adversarial and politicised. While academia can be on occasion adversarial, it is more commonly competitive and political." - Does this sound familiar to those of you bullied, harassed and victimised at the University of Newcastle?

"A Canadian study explored academic bullying behaviours in more depth, finding that having your contributions ignored, being the subject of gossip and being undermined and belittled in front of others were the behaviours most commonly experienced."  - Again, does this sound familiar?

To determine the extent and incidence of bullying, "it has been suggested that academic institutions benchmark the nature and prevalence of bullying behaviours".  We have asked the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle for a discussion on this and on our survey results - NO SURPRISE THAT THE ANSWER WAS "NO"!


The famous elephant in the room - the bullying is there but no-one can see it - let alone deal with it.

1 comment:

  1. On University Rankings.

    Corporations can make up what they like when it comes to research and student expectation. The University can falsely claim it is world class. They can quote esoteric numbers and statistics and also pay the right people.

    Here's the rub.

    What does that a university ranking actually mean? What exactly do they mean by world class?

    How can anyone honestly weigh the importance of research and student satisfaction with a corporate agenda?

    The university is not going to admit the bullying problem and over commercialisation of the education system is a rapidly deteriorating scenario. They don't care.

    You cannot also legislate moral conduct. In fact many corporations proceed with a distinct lack of moral construct. This sounds exactly like the University of Newcastle given the growing amount of evidence. The same evidence they are choosing to ignore.

    Yet this is also why corporations eventually fail. They are built on lies and then after everyone believes them they try and lie over the top of it and it crumbles. Another corporation evaluates them as valueless, they dissolve and the cycle continues.

    This corporate evaluation system is in place everywhere which is why ranking is a mark of faux respectability.

    Why do numbers impress people when it is people who are the product of education? People are not numbers.

    Why do we expect decent conduct with such a ruthless agenda?

    Will studying at a high ranked university under a sociopath do you much better than an education from a lower university with a person who actually is concerned for your future? Try putting that into numbers.


    The University of Newcastle is the Hunter's largest and most serviceable industry.
    They are corrupt.
    They are struggling to maintain relevancy and spend increasingly large amounts of money to persuade people to stay loyal to them.

    The ease of access to information technology has made the population far less susceptible to the false charms of the marketing and lies they have always used to gain your loyalty. The information they could withhold from the population is now easily accessed.

    What is becoming more and more paramount in the information age is not only knowledge but moral construct.

    The average person can read this blog and make up their own mind about that University.