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Top UK university seeks Professor of Lego

Top UK university seeks Professor of Lego
By Catherine Hardy with LEGO group, University of Cambridge
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Cambridge University is advertising the ideal job for people who like to play around at work. Applications from those working in the field of play and playfulness are particularly welcome.


One of the top universities in the UK is looking to recruit the world’s first professor of Lego.

There is not long left to apply to Cambridge for what many would consider to be the dream job.

The deadline is Friday.

Only 3 days left to apply for the Lego professor of play!

— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) January 17, 2017

More than just child’s play?

The actual job title is “Lego Professorship of Play in Educational, Development and Learning”.

The university is looking for “outstanding scholars” in early years educational or development psychology.

Applications from those working in the field of play and playfulness are particularly welcome.

Candidates for the LEGO® Professorship will have:

  • an outstanding research record of international stature
  • the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to act as Director of the newly-established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL)

All work – and not really much play?

Duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration.

The role is being funded by the Denmark-based LEGO foundation .

CEO Hanne Rasmussen says:“Millions of children are receiving a sub-standard education which means that even though they attend school they get left behind in the development of skills that are essential in the 21st century.”

“Quality in learning means not just great test scores, but also building the skills that underpin learning throughout a lifetime.”

“Our collaboration with the University of Cambridge is about investigating play-based quality learning so that we can put a stake in the ground for development of skills in the future of learning.”

A “competitive” salary will be offered.

Read more about the Cambridge job offer here

LEGO – did you know?

  • “Lego” is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt” meaning “play well”.
  • Founded in 1932, it is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the grandson of the founder
  • Headquarters are in Billund, Denmark
  • The little coloured brick was first launched in its present form in 1958
  • Twice named “Toy of the Century”

Find out more about the LEGO brand here

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