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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“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, July 27, 2016

"Be nice"

Google has finally concluded that the key to good teamwork is "being nice".

"the best teams respect one another’s emotions and are mindful that all members should contribute to the conversation equally. It has less to do with who is in a team, and more with how a team’s members interact with one another." (Aamna Moden, Quartz)

Just think how different the workplace at the University of Newcastle would be if there was just a little respect, inclusiveness and fairness!


  1. UON atrocity list

    Unacceptably high levels of bullying

    Low staff morale and very low productivity

    Low enrolments and a very high drop-out rate

    The overseas student plagiarism scandal

    A person making a sex film in the library scandal.

    Signing a deal with Transfield / Broadspectrum.


    Can it get any worse?

    I am hoping that University fee deregulation will wipe them out the current regime.

    Exactly how much would you pay to be a part of all the above?

  2. Bullying is now a massive problem in Australia. The University ran an abortive anti bullying program directed at schools. Was it effective?