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, September 3, 2015

The University of Newcastle - why be normal?

Can this be the way a normal University operates?

  • Your colleagues are sent a survey to find out how much your presence worries them?

  • You are told to leave your job without any warning or discussion and are never told why, either before or after? Alison Ferguson Alison Ferguson

  • Infectious disease samples are taken from your locked office?
  • You are told that you cannot fail a student because it has never been done before?

  • You are banished to the far side of campus and are not allowed to do your work?
  • A fellow academic enters your locked office and steals from you?

The University of Newcastle always wants to stand out from the crowd.

University of Newcastle - WHY BE NORMAL?


  1. I am dreaming of a day when my mental scars will heal. They will not heal until I am helped. The University has never helped me.

    Am I supposed to forget what happened? I wish I could.

    What I have is post traumatic stress disorder. I live through the same hell day after day. I have to take medicines with side effects.

    The biggest mistake I made was to complain. Once I did that I was made completely expendable. This is why I have PTSD. Not only was I bullied severely at the faculty but I trusted the management who also bullied me.

    If you are getting bullied at the University just leave quietly and don't complain.

  2. Relieved I found this site. The culture is awful: cliques, backstabbing and bullying. A fair number of open secrets and unethical practices. Worst of all, people who speak out are silenced. Any issues raised, quashed. Fake values and poor HR support. If you want to be heard, join a union. Or better yet, get out.