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 who can assist with gathering and collating data, preparing materials and resources, completing research administration tasks, and communicating with key stakeholders.

YDC is proud of the quality of its staff. 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.

Academic researchers

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Prof Tom Cooper

YDC Director and Lead Researcher

Tom is currently Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the YuMi Deadly Centre in the School of Curriculum. Tom has been working in mathematics education since 1976, working with schools since 1979 and supervising higher degrees since 1986. He has been active in research and professional development for most of these years, with many competitive grants. His interest is in understanding and improving mathematics teaching and learning in schools containing Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, immigrant, refugee and low SES students. He has particular interests in algebra learning, teacher change, social justice and mathematics pedagogy.

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Associate Professor Grace Sarra

Lead Researcher
School change and community engagement

Grace Sarra is an Associate Professor at QUT, Caboolture Campus. She is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. Her mother is of Aboriginal (Birrigubba) and South Sea Islander descent and her father is of Torres Strait Islander heritage from the Central Islands (Mauar) in the Torres Strait.

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Professor Lyn English

Lead Researcher

Professor Lyn English is internationally recognised for her extensive research and publications in mathematics education, which have spanned Preschool through to Year 10. Her areas of research include mathematical modelling in the primary school, problem solving and posing, statistics education, analogical reasoning, and mathematical development in the early school years.

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Dr David Nutchey

Academic Researcher

David began his career as a software engineer for a large multi-national semiconductor manufacturer after completing his Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering qualification. In that role, he not only developed the technical skills and understanding necessary to develop complex software, he also actively participated in the organisational activities associated with improving the company's software development capability. It was in these 'extra' activities that David developed a passion for learning and for creating environments in which others could learn.

Research associates

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Ms Kim Alexander

Senior Research Associate

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Ms Robyn Anderson

Senior Research Associate

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Dr Merilyn Carter

Senior Research Associate

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Ms Janet Cavanagh

Senior Research Associate

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Ms Edlyn Grant

Senior Research Associate

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Dr Judy Hartnett

Senior Research Associate

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Mr Jim Lowe

Senior Research Associate

Administration and executive officers

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Ms Gillian Farrington

Research Administration Officer

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Ms Charlotte Cottier

Research Executive Officer and PA to YDC Director

Research and administrative assistants

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Ms Chelsea Meyrick

Research Administration Assistant

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Ms Chelsey Priddle

Research Administration Assistant

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Mr Alexander Stuetz

Senior Research Assistant

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Ms Lindy Sugars

Senior Research Assistant


QUT YuMi Deadly Centre

Phone: +61 07 3138 0035
Fax: +61 07 3138 3985

School of Curriculum
Faculty of Education
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove Campus
S Block, Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059