Bullying in Educational Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents, reports made or complaints received of academic bullying throughout all universities in each of the past eight years to date; the nature of such events whether professional, gender or race related; the actions taken arising from such complaints by each third-level institution involved; if the practice has ceased; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 September]

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An end to bullying?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I wonder if the virtualisation of the campus workplace is having much of an impact on levels of bullying. Interestingly, the French language doesn’t have a word for plain old bullying. Sexual bullying translates as ‘harcèlement sexuel’, which is fair enough …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 11 September]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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‘Dangerous levels of staff bullying’ alleged at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Staff at University of Limerick are reportedly being subjected to ‘bullying and harassment’ under what has been described as ‘dictatorship’ management within the university. The university’s union, UL-Unite, also stated in its February newsletter that members have claimed bullying has ‘escalated to a very dangerous level’, and is affecting the mental health of some staff …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 7 March]

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Bullying in universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Most universities make a genuine effort to maintain a culture and atmosphere in which people – students and staff – can thrive and in which intellectual debate and challenge is encouraged in a setting of personal respect. Most students, staff and faculty also do their utmost to maintain this culture …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 February]

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Does science have a bullying problem?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

International“In August, accusations of bullying roiled the Institute of Cancer Research in London, one of the leading science centres in the United Kingdom. A prominent cancer researcher there, geneticist Nazneen Rahman, resigned from the institute following an investigation into allegations that she had bullied her staff. And in an unprecedented move, the biomedical charity the Wellcome Trust revoked £3.5 million (US$4.5 million) of the funding it had given her …” (more)

[Holly Else, Nature, 28 November]


Facebook defends role in project to tackle online bullying

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Facebook has defended its role in a new campaign to provide anti-bullying and online safety training in every secondary school in Ireland. The social media firm has been at the centre of allegations that it is not doing enough to moderate harmful and illegal content …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Hundreds of academics at top UK universities accused of bullying

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“Hundreds of academics have been accused of bullying students and colleagues in the past five years, prompting concerns that a culture of harassment and intimidation is thriving in Britain’s leading universities. A Guardian investigation found nearly 300 academics, including senior professors and laboratory directors, were accused of bullying students and colleagues …” (more)

[Hannah Devlin and Sarah Marsh, Guardian, 28 September]

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Bullies have no place in academia – even if they’re star scientists

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“I was awarded a prestigious fellowship in 2015 and moved my family across the country to take up a postdoctoral position at a world-class biomedical research institute. Little did I know that this seemingly invaluable opportunity would set me on a dangerous path to mental ill health …” (more)

[Guardian, 15 December]

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Quarter of UK academics ‘bullied over scholarly views’

Posted in Life on May 26th, 2017 by steve

“Almost one in four lecturers at UK universities claims to have been subjected to bullying by colleagues over their academic views, a survey suggests. Of 2,300 people who responded to a University and College Union poll on academic freedom, 23% said that they had suffered workplace bullying on account of their scholarly views, while 27% claimed that they had faced ‘psychological pressure’ over their opinions …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 25 May]

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Responses to Midwifery Bullying Report Set for Implementation Across Health Science

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Progress has been made on implementing recommendations that arose after a 2015 report found 60% of Trinity’s midwifery students had experienced bullying while on placement, including developing a support structure for students, with work also underway to see these safeguards implemented across health science …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 8 April]

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Fear and loathing on campus: bullying at Irish universities

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Is bullying and harassment rife at Irish universities? These institutions are spending millions of euro on legal fees to deal with allegations by staff of bullying, harassment and discrimination, particularly on gender grounds …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Bullying expert claims he was harassed in his job by university

Posted in Legal issues on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor takes case against NUI Galway to Employment Appeals Tribunal. An international expert on bullying has himself claimed to be a victim of bullying in his job …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Irish Times, 3 September]

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14% of college students admit to being bullied

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Approximately 14% of students have been bullied during their college years, with one in thirty students being bullied by their own tutors, according to recent research …” (more)

[Meadhbh Sinclair, Campus.ie, 2 June]


Homophobic Bullying

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

UKCaitriona Ruane (Sinn Féin) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the action further and higher education colleges are taking to eradicate homophobic bullying …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 9 February]

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Bullying in universities: three staff members share their stories

Posted in Life on December 16th, 2014 by steve

UK“Higher education network readers explain how bullying affected their working lives – and what support they received from their university …” (more)

[Claire Shaw, Guardian, 16 December]

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Culture of cruelty: why bullying thrives in higher education

Posted in Life on November 4th, 2014 by steve

UK“In an environment where discussion, debate and criticism are encouraged, undermining behaviour can flourish. Why employees bully other employees is a question academics have sought to answer since the 1990s …” (more)

[Sam Farley and Christine Sprigg, Guardian Professional, 3 November]


Bullying in academia: ‘Professors are supposed to be stressed! That’s the job’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

UK“Bullying is rife in academia – and it is tolerated to an extent that wouldn’t be acceptable in other areas. I’ve seen careers wasted in academia just by bad management and bad practice. My story is an illustration of what can go wrong …” (more)

[Guardian, 24 October]

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Anti-bullying group in dispute with university over name

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“A prominent anti-bullying organisation, which is endorsed by Michael D Higgins, has become embroiled in a dispute with a Dublin university over the use of an abbreviation …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 14 July]

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One in seven bullied at college

Posted in Life on April 3rd, 2014 by steve

“One in seven third-level students in Ireland have been affected by bullying, according to a new report. In the study of almost 400 third-level students, conducted by Liam McGuire of Trinity College’s Anti-Bullying Research Centre, it was revealed that 24 per cent of those bullied reported teaching staff as the perpetrators …” (more)

[Sharron Lynskey, The College View, 2 April]

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