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)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

University of Newcastle ranked 37 out of 39 Australian universities

The University of Newcastle, as we know, loves rankings (whilst professing not to compare itself to others!).

In the latest rankings, the University is ranked at number 37 in Australia.  Why?

"The university was built in the middle of a mosquito-infested swamp. Smart move."

Do they mean "swamp" as in

"a tract of wet, spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation, but unfit for cultivation."
 "A situation or place fraught with difficulties and imponderables"
Perhaps this definition is more apt than we first thought:-
  • "growth of certain types" (of people who bully, collude and cover-up)
  • "unfit for cultivation"!
  • "fraught with difficulties and imponderables" !


  1. I also love statistics but I always believe the purpose of education is to enrich and improve human lives. This is despite being less than 1% nuclear reactor compared to Japan.

    Using information to dominate and control others including abuse of power does the opposite of enriching life.

    If the University were a corporation then it should try to compete ruthlessly.

    In saying this, no self respecting educational facility would truly adopt a corporate mantra as acceptable.

    Ask yourself how the least gifted and motivated student might fare at any school at a University.

    If they can leave having felt they learned something life affirming and empowering then that University has earned its crust.

    Education is not about being a global leader or being the absolute best. It is simply about honouring the best parts of oneself and what the rest of humanity has to offer.

  2. In fact, any organisation that promotes the end result over the process in academia is actually creating an ideal environment for plagiarism. Why earn if stealing pays off just as well?

    A wInner take everything mentality prioritises values and behavioural attributes which work against education. One of those negative attributes is bullying.

    Good education instills values like diligence, ability to concede to others and voicing one's own opinion with respect to others. It is not just about knowledge. People are not wikipedia pages.

    Unfortunately the University of Newcastle is a slow learner with plagiarism and bullying.

    History has shown decades of misconduct at that institution. Don Parkes, the Spautz case, the recent MyMaster scandal for example.

  3. * 1% nuclear reactor statistic plagiarised from University of Hokkaido....

    Statistics have also proven that Newcastle University is in the top 1% of albino octopus research in the world.

    The same research method has proven that the "cold room" for chardonnay at retail outlets really is cold. It has even been measured with a thermometer.

    This is done using cutting edge research skills (because you don't research anything other than less than cutting edge) and a safe collaborative environment for all (except if you like asking questions)