Fancy the best job ever? Cambridge is looking for a professor of Lego

The previous Lego professor is joined by other hopeful applicants [James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock]
The previous Lego professor is joined by other hopeful applicants [James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock]

The University of Cambridge is looking for a Lego Professor of Play and if that sounds like your dream job then you have until Friday to get your application in.

The full title of the role is Lego Professor of Play, Development and Learning, and it’ll extend a little bit further than clicking plastic blocks together all the livelong day.

The lucky applicant who wins the role will be expected to head up the new Centre for Research on Play in Education at the prestigious university, with a focus on research and teaching.

For their trouble, they’ll be paid somewhere around the average salary of a Cambridge professor – that’s approximately £84,000 a year.

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The Lego Foundation is funding the role – it owns a 25% stake in Lego – but won’t have a say in who is hired so there’s no point pestering them for a reference.

It’s likely to go to an academic with specialisms in educational psychology, but hey any Lego savant can dream.

“The value of play is relatively under-researched,” Prof Anna Vignoles, interim director of Pedal and a member of Cambridge University’s faculty of education, told The Guardian.

“You have people who are claiming that it enhances learning, that it’s important, that it’s good for children’s wellbeing. All of that might be true, but actually there’s remarkably little evidence for that. The aim of the Pedal centre is to conduct rigorous research into the importance of play and how playful learning can be used to improve students’ outcomes.”

Which all sounds a little drier than you might hope for a job title with the word ‘Lego’ in it.

If you fancy throwing your hat in the ring, you have until Friday January 20th to get your application in. New Year, new you. Good luck!

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