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)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Keeping the Bentley in petrol!

Staff, both professional and academic, are in uproar about the university-wide restructure that is aimed at cutting professional staff jobs.

"This restructure follows a constant stream of no less than 15 major, formal, reviews and restructures of organisational units across the university over the past three years", according to Associate Professor Tom Griffiths of the NTEU.

All the usual empty slogans are being trotted out by Caroline McMillen, the Vice-Chancellor:-
  •  "agile solutions’
  • ‘greater flexibility’
  •  “embracing changes”
  •  “ensuring that we’ve got the best organisational and professional support at the university for what is a changing academic enterprise”.
  •  “It's a conversation … about thinking through different changes that might come and how do we handle that. 
The results of the annual "Your Voice" survey have not been released.  "However Professor McMillen said the survey was being released in a more targeted way than in the past" Newcastle Herald.

Is this because the results will demonstrate the low morale of staff and their lack of confidence in the university management?  "This is unprecedented, and reflects very poorly indeed on management,” Professor Tom Griffiths said.

"The available evidence, in fact, suggests that the university’s senior leadership may be in crisis.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is leaving at the end of this month, and despite significant notice, interim arrangements to cover this role were announced just this week.

The Faculty of Science and IT last had an ongoing leader back in 2014. Since then, no fewer than three acting or interim leaders have been drafted to hold the fort.

The leader of the Faculty of Business and Law is due to leave next year, and again it appears likely that instead of a timely and considered succession, interim arrangements will follow." (Newcastle Herald)

The senior managers at the University enjoy astronomical salaries as well as bonuses which they award themselves when they do a good job.   The current Vice-Chancellor, Caroline McMillen, gets around $900,000 a year.

She needs that to keep putting fuel in her Bentley!


  1. The University made 60 million profit last year.

  2. Here we go again...


  3. After the restructure announcement earlier in the year,all of a sudden new positions popped up everywhere with higher Hew levels. The University's Facilities Division is in shambles and should be an absolute embarrassment to its architect. 'Jobs for mates' seems to be the norm. Time to drain the swamp!

    1. Already given that place its last rites. Only a matter of time before it collapses.

  4. Lol
    She must only drive the little 4 cyl to work to give the appearance of being just like the rest of us. Reminds me of "Ways to Stay Invisible From Society If You Have Money".

    1. The rest of the academic world is monitoring the situation in Newcastle. It always surprises me when they think they are pulling the wool over our eyes.

      Just because someone bought the shop and then proceeded to rob it doesn't stop if from being theft.

    2. Bravo! Great to see someone tell it the way it is. Something is definitely amiss when certain upper management, with less than 5yrs in that position, have a house near the beach for sale with a price tag of nearly $1,000,000.

  5. Faculty bully supremo has driven away even more talented staff. The exodus is severe.

    There is now real concern for how the faculty will achieve even a basic standard let alone "world class innovation".

    Of course the bully is not concerned. It is never his fault. It is still all about him and how everyone wants to "target" him.

    No balanced person would make many innocent people's lives a living hell. Not for over 8 years.

    I think it is time for an assessment team to have a look at this guy. I am serious.

    1. This sounds like the bully with an embarrassing secret. ��