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The psychology dept. itself is one of the best in the UK (11th according to RAE 2008) and in my opinion should be ranked higher. Firstly, because of the teaching on offer.
Although our lecturers are at the cutting edge of psychological research (e.g. Richard Bentall), you will be hard-pressed to find any haughty staff members at Bangor. From my own experience, all of the staff I have spoken with have been very friendly and approachable. Besides, where else will you find a Canadian lecturer who looks exactly like Peter Griffin and is funny too? If anyone can get you to engage in statistics, it's someone like that. Where else will you find staff members and students who'll gladly dress like muppets (figuratively speaking) to raise money for Children In Need? The point is, they are cool, attentive (expect replies to emails within 48 hours or less) and professional. But what about student life in general?
The atmosphere in Bangor is one of a community. Because it's a small town (and a university town at that) you will find that you already know most of the students that you bump into, if not by name, by association ('aren't you friends with Ben?'). The night life is great also. Bangor has the highest pub-to-student ratio in the country, along with three nightclubs (although no one hardly goes to the Octagon - a bit naff). There are a variety of clubs and societies on offer via the student union. So no matter if you're an outdoors type, a jock, or nerd... we have something for you.
I'm not an 'outdoorsie' type. I mean, I appreciate the beauty and everything of the mountains of Snowdonia... but I'm sure I won't be climbing any of them in my three years here. The same goes for rowing across the Menai River. Nevertheless, I still thoroughly enjoy living here. There is lots on offer. You just have to decide what you love doing, and then make the most of it.
And if you don't come here, then go to Aberystwyth. It's pretty similar (I'm just repping the Welsh Uni's, innnit.)
P.S. The degree itself gives you graduate basis for registration to the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist (e.g. Clinical Psychologist).
Written by HankMoody11 on 11th Jan 2009