Nothing. This is a review for MSc Consumer Psychology with Business.
Gareth Harvey is by far the worst lecturer I’ve ever had at Bangor University. I did my undergraduate degree here and really enjoyed it; the staff in the Psychology department were very supportive and helpful and that’s why I decided to stay and do my Masters’ degree in Consumer Psychology with Business. But that was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. He is extremely poor at responding to emails and this was very stressful for students. He’d write the incorrect deadline for an assignment and when students would email him to ask about it, he’d ignore them. Gareth also had several dissertation groups and one of assignments included a dissertation proposal. Many members within his dissertation groups emailed him and messaged him on Slack between weeks 1-3 of the second semester to ask for a meeting. He ignored MOST OF them. Even if he replied, a meeting was not set up. It was not until a member of one of the groups talked to Gareth in the middle of a lecture, he finally made plans to meet with the groups to discuss the proposal (this was in week 3, the 4000 word proposal was due in week 5). Due to his unorganisation we were given an extension of an additional week to complete it but that was very stressful for students as we had to do that on top of our other assignments from other modules. Gareth Harvey is extremely biased and strongly favours some students over the other. For the Unit 1 assignment in the Nudges and Behaviour module Gareth penalised someone for going over the word limit. But for the Unit 2 assignment, despite a student openly telling Gareth they went over the word limit and not STATING the word limit (the Psychology school CLEARLY states you MUST state the word limit and not go over the word limit or else you will be penalised) he told them he wouldn’t penalise them. As a student that’s worked so hard to condense my assignment to the 1,500 word limit, it infuriates me to see how this person was allowed some leeway. Not only did they boast about it, but they were allowed a leeway of over 100 words (This is only one example of his favouritism and bias). Gareth Harvey is the most unhelpful lecturer you will ever meet. He is extremely patronising in dissertation meetings. If you were in his group and he asked a question no one could answer, he’ll say something like “You SHOULD know this by now…” and if no one could answer it he’d say something sarcastic like “Right.. let's go back to first year Psychology.” It makes students feel like we can’t speak to him because he’s so judgmental. What happened to there being no such thing as a stupid question? If we knew the answers we wouldn’t be going to him for help/guidance. I have been extremely angry and disappointed with Gareth throughout my masters but because he is the head of Consumer Psychology, I felt like there was nothing I could do. If I made an official complaint, I felt it would only cause friction and awkwardness as I still had to work with Gareth during the year. He still had to mark my dissertation and I was worried that a complaint will affect him grading my work. Despite my great experience with the undergraduate Psychology programme at Bangor University, I would say the Consumer Psychology with Business Masters’ course is absolutely rubbish and Gareth played a big part in it. Unlike the undergraduate degree, classes/assignments were unorganised and I did not feel as if I could get the support I needed from Gareth. Thankfully, because I did the undergrad programme here, I knew other lecturers that were more helpful. Despite my passion for Consumer Psychology, I regret joining this course in Bangor and I would most definitely not recommend this course to anyone.