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)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Priorities, priorities, priorities!

Nearly 200 respondents to our survey have reported and described the bullying they have suffered at the University of Newcastle.

"Bullying was described as “extreme and unrelenting”, “appalling, devastating, shocking” and “offensive and embarrassing”.  Respondents reported that bullying often resulted in sleep problems, depression, headaches and constant tiredness, as well as digestive disorders.  Of concern is the fact that 23.1% (i.e. 45 respondents) had attempted or considered suicide. A high number (40 respondents) had increased their alcohol and smoking intake; furthermore 42 suffered from hypertension and palpitations."

"Actual physical violence, although rare, was experienced by eight people and 12 incurred an injury as a result of violence. "

As a RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYER what does the University of Newcastle focus on?

TEXTING WHILE WALKING - no this is not April Fools Day.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald
"Associate director of health and safety Dr Maggie Goldie said two staff members had been hurt in "self-declared" text-walking accidents, and there were a handful of other suspected cases".
Image result for walking while texting  is worse than Image result for suicide
 So what does the University advise staff and student to do?
"Many of us are working on bushland campuses that have a number of hazards that we need to be conscious of such as leaf matter on paths, walking on uneven ground, other pedestrians including people on pushbikes and skateboards. We request that staff refrain from checking their emails and texting people on their smart phones while walking around campus so that they concentrate on getting to their destination safely."  Also contact the Injury Hotline, notify your supervisor and log an online incident report.

The usual University of Newcastle behaviour - when there is a real but difficult issue to deal with, do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to hide it - then focus on something utterly ridiculous like texting while walking. Alison Ferguson


  1. Well lots of people are laughing about this hysterical texting while talking ban. Pity this University does not pay any attention to all the staff and students who have been bullied, harassed, ostracised, gagged, lost their jobs, lost their physical and mental health thanks to this University.

  2. So texting is bad for people's health but working with a sociopath is ok?

  3. I think there is a hidden agenda, bigger than the University that involves big property development deals and shady business. No one in their right mind would run a University the way it is being run. Disappointing to see that University has caved in and is part of it.

    My point is that people matter more than profits. Selling out is easy but you can't come back from that. There will be nothing left to defend.

    God help the people who allowed this to happen. The victims of this regime are not to be squandered, we have lives, thoughts and feelings.These things stopped being important to the University a long time ago.

    I am glad to not be a part of what is happening there, it is truly evil.

    On that day when people realise the swindle I will listen to you and console you. It is not my fault or yours. .