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]