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Cambridge is about to employ a Lego professor

15th June 2015

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Stop what you’re doing for a second, and take a moment to absorb the wonderful news that has just reached us: the University of Cambridge, that bastion of all things traditional and rigorously academic, has revealed its plans to hire a Lego professor.

Yes, that’s right. From 1st October this year, the world’s (maybe) best university will employ a “Lego Professorship of Play in Education, Development and Learning.”

We’re not sure what one of those is, but we’re very much on board with supporting it.

What we do know is that the professor in question is likely to be housed with the Faculty of Education, and that the university has been awarded £2.5 million from the Lego Foundation to fund the role (according to the Cambridge University Reporter and Mashable), and that’ll they’ll probably have the best job title of any academic in the country, or maybe the world.

The Foundation is also giving the university an extra £1.5 million for the creation of a research centre for Play in Education, Development, and Learning, within the Faculty of Education.

The Lego Group is aiming to change the relationship between play and learning for children up to the age of 12, according to its website, and "to make children's lives better - and communities stronger - by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon."

And although we don’t actually have any clue about what their job will entail, we’d like to believe that the Lego professor is going to spend their days investigating how playing games can help kids learn. Which is pretty much the nicest job ever.

That’s basically all the news we need for today. Everything really is awesome, and now we’re done here. Goodbye.

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