Glass Futures connects the glass industry and academia to create an industry cluster to ensure increased productivity and sustainability in the sector.


Glass Futures will be the world’s first openly-accessible, commercially available and multi-disciplinary glass melting facility.

Our aims are

  • To ensure that invention successfully converts to innovation and ultimately to wealth and prosperity for the sector and the communities these organisations operate within.
  • To be a world-class “Centre of Excellence for Glass” linking the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and Hallam to major industrial sponsors and central government funding mechanisms to provide a unique facility encompassing a real scaled-down manufacturing facility for hands-on training, full R&D facilities and a small-scale production line for hire which will enable manufacturers to fulfil the smaller elements of their customer’s requirements at commercially beneficial rates.  
  • To create a much needed apprenticeship and general up-skilling and training centre for the glass community


Support from government and industry

Nick Clegg, Former MP Sheffield Hallam

Juergen Maier, Chief Executive Siemens plc

John Mothersole, Chief Executive Sheffield City Council