Archive for bullying

Lawyers bullied me, assault victim tells court

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“A former postgraduate student who was assaulted by a university lecturer yesterday lashed out at the legal system after claiming he suffered bullying and racial intimidation from lawyers in the High Court …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 29 January]


Law lecturers sue Portobello College over ‘bullying’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 24 January 2010 by Steve

“Three law lecturers at Dublin Business School, including the dean of the law school, have taken High Court actions for bullying and harassment. John O’Keeffe, Mary Rose Molloy and Lesley Anne Walter are all suing Kitagarth Services, which was acquired by the owner of DBS, Kaplan Inc, and trades as Portobello College …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 24 January]

Colleges shell out €7m for bitter internal staff disputes

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 12 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Irish colleges have wasted in excess of €7m dealing with bitter and complex internal staff disputes despite the recession, new figures obtained by the Sunday Independent reveal. Several universities have been involved in lengthy disputes with members of staff and new information reveals an alarming number of bullying and harassment claims from within the country’s leading colleges …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 12 July]

Blogmeister’s comment: This is an irritating story, as it hints at “new revelations” and portentously cites “well-placed sources”, yet gives no new information whatever – every concrete fact mentioned is already public domain. All the cases referred to are very old news indeed, and in each one of them it is several years too late to be suggesting that the universities “engage in mediation before wasting money on expensive court cases”. The real story is that there are actually remarkably few new disputes at the moment – no doubt partly because both management and unions have other, larger fish to fry.

Students’ campaigns take some ugly turns

Posted in teaching with tags , on 5 June 2009 by Steve

UK“Lecturers are facing a wave of student activism over teaching quality, which academic leaders have likened to ‘bullying’. Student campaigners at the University of Central Lancashire have posted examples of bad feedback online. At the University of Bolton, students have left anonymous cards in staff pigeonholes, giving them marks out of ten for performance. And at Manchester Metropolitan University, students are texting its students’ union to inform it when classes are cancelled or lecturers are late. The University and College Union is unhappy about the campaigns, and it has likened the scorecards at Bolton to ‘hate mail’ …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 4 June]

Persecution (is) complex

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 May 2009 by Steve

UK“The introduction of a managerialist culture has coincided with a rise in accusations of bullying. But is there really more mistreatment, or are academics accustomed to autonomy overreacting to firm management? ‘Today I was walking to my office and Marcus (the new head of department) followed behind me,’ Times Higher Education‘s ‘Bullied Blogger’ wrote in her inaugural web post on 12 January. ‘He seemed to appear from nowhere and invited himself into my office. I turned and faced him as I entered my room and decided to say what I thought …’” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 21 May]

The problem of bullying

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“According to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line (’Bully Online’), 20 per cent of calls and enquiries they receive about bulling are from higher education. The same website also draws attention to a survey which found that 40 per cent of academics believe they have been the victims of bullying. A more recent survey had even more dramatic results, with half of the nearly 10,000 respondents (all academics) reporting that they had been ’subjected to some form of bullying or personal harassment during their career’. Findings of this kind are not new …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 April]

College pays out €840k to fight bullies

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A leading institute of technology has spent more than €840,000 in dealing with complaints of bullying and harassment since 2000. One out-of-court settlement amounted to €54,450. The monies were spent on the administration of eight formal complaints of bullying or harassment lodged with the institute. No informal complaints were made since 2000. The total cost since 2000 included €340,246 on legal fees, €140,778 on investigation/mediation fees, €291,909 on stenography services, €450 on medical expenses and €13,357 on the hire of facilities. This amounted to €786,740. One complaint of bullying or harassment was made in 2000, four in 2002, one in 2004, one in 2005 and one in 2006. The out-of-court settlement was paid out in 2006, and the institute has not paid out any money in relation to court settlements …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon, Herald, 26 March]

Face suspension or resign, Leeds Met told v-c

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 2 February 2009 by Steve

“The chairman of the board of governors at Leeds Metropolitan University gave its vice-chancellor the option of resigning within 48 hours or facing suspension while allegations that he bullied senior colleagues were investigated, Times Higher Education can reveal. At a meeting on 11 November 2008, Ninian Watt and his deputy, Keith Ramsay, told Simon Lee that they planned to call in an independent solicitor to investigate allegations that the vice-chancellor had reduced senior colleagues to tears and accused them of disloyalty. Professor Lee denied the allegations but agreed to leave in summer 2009. Had he chosen suspension, his absence would have been immediately apparent to the public as the university’s winter graduation ceremony was scheduled to take place three days after the meeting. The vice-chancellor signed a compromise agreement with Leeds Met, and his resignation was announced on 14 January 2009 …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, THE, 2 February]

Universities have been listed among the worst in a survey on bullying of university staff across the UK

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 7 November 2008 by Steve

“Northern Ireland’s two universities have been listed among the worst in a survey on bullying of university staff across the UK. The University of Ulster and Queen’s University feature in the “worst” category for staff being “always” or “often” bullied. The UU was 7th on the national list compiled by the University and College Union (UCU). The union has named and shamed the universities with the worst reported levels of bullying ahead of Friday’s national Ban Bullying at Work Day. Queen’s was 19th …” (more)

[Bullying of Academics in Higher Education, 6 November]

HSE report following investigation on work related stress and bullying in Leeds Metropolitan University

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 25 August 2008 by Steve

“The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) released a report dated 28 July 2008, on the high levels of work-related stress at Leeds Metropolitan University …” (more)

[Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Bullying of Academics in Higher Education Blog, 15 August]

When it comes to workplace bullying there are distinct stances adopted by HR Departments

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 August 2008 by Steve

“When it comes to workplace bullying and its attendant issues – because it never arrives in the workplace alone – there are distinct stances adopted by HR Departments …” (more)

[Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Bullying of Academics in Higher Education Blog, 10 August]