This is Chris Noone’s bright idea for Galway.

This project will facilitate LGBT students at NUIG to come together & act to improve their wellbeing


This project aims to take a participatory action research (PAR) approach to examining the facilitators and barriers to wellbeing which LGBT+ students encounter and ways that LGBT+ students can come together and act to improve their wellbeing together.

PAR involves developing practical knowing in the pursuit of worthwhile human purposes, grounded in a participatory worldview [and bringing] together action and reflection, theory and practice, in participation with others in the pursuit of practical solutions (Reason & Bradbury, 2001).

This means that this project will involve LGBT students being trained to examine the factors in their environment which affect their wellbeing, to document these issues in the ways that they see fit and to take action to ensure solutions to important issues relevant to their wellbeing are pursued.

This project is innovative primarily in its participatory approach.  The power to discover and to change their environment will be put in the hands of the LGBT students.

Crucially, it is possible for this project to be scaled by having the students in Galway train students in other universities in this participatory action approach.