The University of Cambridge is about to hire its most fun-sounding professor — a Professor of LEGO. This comes after a recommendation from the university’s general board for a LEGO professorship who will get his or her own research department. The move comes after the LEGO Foundation gave the university £4 million in donations, and the eventual role will (likely) be within the Faculty of Education. Furthermore, the role will be starting in October of this year if it follows the recommendation.
The information comes from the Telegraph, which reports that the LEGO professorship will be “of play in education, development and learning”, and that whomever is given the role will become the Director of the Research Centre on Play in Education Development and Learning.
This eventual processor will be selected by a board of electors, and their body of work has to be “within the general field of the title of the office.” LEGO has a big hand in the creation of the professorship.
According to Cambridge’s university magazine, its vice chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz 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.” Further funding from the LEGO Foundation has also been proposed.
SOURCE: The Telegraph