Cambridge floats plans for LEGO professor

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Lego professor: Cambridge gets playful.
Lego professor: Cambridge gets playful.

Grant from company's foundation will fund study of children playing

LONDON — The University of Cambridge has drawn up plans to hire a Lego professor to head up research on the importance of play in education.

The university has published its plans to institute a "LEGO professorship of play in education, development and learning" off the back of a $6.2 million donation from the LEGO Foundation, as noted by Times Higher Education.

If the professorship is approved, the foundation will provide a further $3.9 million in funding.

The plans will be up for approval in July  and a candidate could be in place by the start of the academic year.

The university published a notice in its official publication, The Reporter, stating: "The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude a benefaction of $2.3 million from the LEGO Foundation, payable over three years, of which both the capital and the income may be used to support a research center on Play in Education, Development, and Learning within the Faculty of Education over the same period.

"The LEGO Foundation is also proposing to fund a LEGO Professorship of Play in Education, Development, and Learning with a benefaction of $3.9 million."

The LEGO Foundation owns 25% of the LEGO Group.

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