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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‘Bullying affects 14% of college students’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2014 by steve

“One-in-seven students have been bullied while at college and a quarter received unwanted sexual attention, research has found. The study concludes that colleges must do more to help students cope with stress linked to personal and academic issues …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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Chalk Talk

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2013 by steve

Beat the bullies. Bullying is a big challenge both in schools and outside, and some new initiatives aim to tackle it …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 October]

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Anti-bullying procedures welcome, but do not address impact of education cuts on student wellbeing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2013 by steve

“The ASTI has welcomed the publication today of anti-bullying procedures for schools by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[ASTI, 13 September]

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Facebook ignores call by principals for talks on cyber-bullies

Posted in Legal issues on May 6th, 2013 by steve

“Facebook has ignored a request for a meeting with Irish school principals to discuss the risks associated with the misuse of social networks by young people …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 May]

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TCD and WIT deal with most bullying claims

Posted in Legal issues on April 29th, 2013 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin dealt with the highest number of allegations of bullying among its staff and students in the past five years, with WIT paying more than €100,000 in investigation and legal fees …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 April]

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Teenage cyberbullies banned from maths grind website

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 17th, 2012 by steve

“An online grinds service has banned three teen schoolboys from using its website after a cyberbullying incident during a lesson last month …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 December]

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How Prevalent is Bullying on Campus?

Posted in Life on November 26th, 2012 by steve

“Hidden in a dark corner on the fourth floor of the Arts Block sits the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre; unloved and unrecognised. The Centre was opened in 1996 on the heels of work done by Dr Mona O’Moore and her team on the Nationwide Survey of Bullying at School in Ireland …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 26 November]

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Manchester Metropolitan: ‘Bullying’ university bans world-renowned professor who spoke out

Posted in Legal issues on October 24th, 2012 by steve

“A world-renowned professor has been suspended from work for questioning university recruitment policy, in a move which supporters argue is a threat to ‘academic freedom’ and reveals a ‘culture of bullying’ at the institution …” (more)

[James Legge, Independent, 24 October]

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