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)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

University of Newcastle flying high in the rankings

The University of Newcastle loves its rankings - a quick look at the uni website will confirm this.

So..... good news for the University.  It can be ranked up there with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Many of the "dangerous" behaviours identified in an investigation into the iconic National Health Service are exactly the same as those found at the University of Newcastle - 
From the NHS investigation report:- 
  • workers "who blow the whistle on substandard and dangerous practices are being ignored, bullied or even intimidated in a 'climate of fear.'" 
  • "staff who have sounded the alarm about dangerous practices have found themselves shunned, suspended and sacked by hospital bosses instead of having their concerns taken seriously. "
  • "I’ve spoken to people who have not only lost their jobs, their livelihood, they’ve not been able to find other jobs to do. And I’m afraid in some cases have felt suicidal and become ill as a result.”
These are eerily similar to those behaviours and consequences identified in our survey, in submissions to the Parliamentary Workplace Bullying Inquiry and comments on this website.
BUT (and it is a BIG BUT)
Spot the difference!  
The NHS is implementing new procedures to create the right conditions for their staff to speak up and to deal with matters when things go wrong. 
The University of Newcastle continues to deny that bullying takes place and will not meet and discuss issues with staff and students.

1 comment:

  1. They are Australia's most scandal plagued University. One with a shocking record of plagiarism, bullying and exploitation.

    They are a global leader in this field. Decades of scandal and cover up. Just hopeless.

    I cannot believe that an educational facility would retain such a high quantity of sociopaths under an expert psychologist.
    Yet it has happened.

    Unfortunately with such a high sociopath contingency all we can do is watch as the University cluelessly makes one blunder after another.

    The solution is to downgrade the title of the University to a teaching college or amalgamate with Sydney University.

    It is clear autonomy has led to a clear disintegration of standards and basic moral conduct.