The YuMi Deadly Centre undertakes research in a way that benefits the researched, using action or design-based research methodologies (see Research approach). In order to provide this type of research efficiently and with evidence of research outcomes, YDC employs staff in three broad categories:
- academic researchers – university academic staff, from early career researchers to professors, who understand the theoretical basis for YDC research projects and can disseminate the results of this research to the wider community
- research associates – experienced educational practitioners who understand the realities of the modern classroom and can meet the needs of teachers and students in YDC projects
- infrastructure staff – administrators and researchers who can assist with gathering, collating and analysing data, preparing materials and resources, completing research administration tasks, and communicating with key stakeholders.
In 2010 and again in 2016, the YDC team received the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in recognition of exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching, research, partnerships and engagement, innovation and creative practice, and leadership.