Fifteen students from Sheffield Hallam University paid a visit to Beatson Clark’s glass manufacturing plant in Rotherham.

The students, who are in the second year of their BSc (Hons) in Design & Technology Education, were given a tour of the factory and heard from designers and production specialists about the glass making process.

Before their visit they were asked to choose from three different design briefs and were given a week to come up with a design concept.

Charlotte Taylor, Marketing Manager at Beatson Clark, said: “The young designers had some interesting and well thought out ideas, but visiting the factory and learning how the glass is made gave them a different perspective on the design process.”

Beatson Clark has arranged such visits for Sheffield Hallam University students for a number of years.

On completing their course the students will become qualified design and technology teachers in secondary schools.