University of Cambridge to hire ‘professor of Lego’ –

The professor will be director of the Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning.

A board of electors will be selected to chose from the candidates for the post whose work must fall “within the general field of the title of the office.”

Will the new Lego professor be able to make models like this one of St Pancras station?

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In the latest edition of university magazine The Reporter vice-chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz says “he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of £1.5million from the Lego Foundation, payable over three years, of which both the capital and the income may be used to support a Research Centre on Play in Education, Development, and Learning within the Faculty of Education over the same period.”

It says the Lego Foundation is also “proposing to fund a Lego professorship of play in education, development, and learning with a benefaction of £2.5million”.

A University of Cambridge spokesman said more details will be provided after the proposal has gone before Regent House in October.

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The Lego Foundation owns 25 per cent of Denmark-based toy company Lego.

It describes its aims as being “to make children’s lives better – and communities stronger – by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon.”