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Cambridge university recruits first ever 'Professor of Lego'

Professor Ramchandani has spent 15 years pursuing research focused on child development Credit: ITV News Anglia

The University of Cambridge has recruited its first ever "Professor of Lego".

The role is being taken up by Professor Paul Ramchandani, who will investigate how playtime helps childhood development.

It's being funded by a four million pound grant from the Lego Foundation.

In 2014 the university advertised for a 'Doctor of Chocolate'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mr Ramchandani will lead the university's newly established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development, and Learning (PEDAL).

He'll take up the position from January next year.

I am delighted to be taking up this role at Cambridge, and working with those at PEDAL on the challenge of finding the best evidence on where play fits in children's development and education and how that can be used to give children the best start in life.

Everyone has an opinion about what role play should have in early education and there is some wonderful research, but there are also big gaps in our knowledge.

We need the best evidence possible in order to inform the vital decisions that are made about children's education and development and I look forward to taking that work forward together with colleagues at Cambridge.

– Professor Ramchandani