Promoting Trust In
Politics & Public Service
The mission of the John Smith Centre is to promote the positive case for politics and public service. We do this in three key ways: Research, Advocacy and Events, and Development Programmes.
Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme


Parliamentary Internship Programme
Creating hands-on learning opportunities for students to engage in frontline public service roles and a platform from which they can examine the role of public servants and elected representatives today.
Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme
A personal and professional development programme for young people between 18-29 from minority ethnic backgrounds aimed to remove barriers that can be faced when moving into leadership positions in society.
John Smith Public Service Award
The John Smith Public Service Award is a two-year professional development programme offered in partnership with The Robertson Trust.
Royal Bank Future Leaders Programme
300 young Scots will take part in a programme aimed at creating employment opportunities and developing networks.
Power Hour Series
2020 - 2021
The Power Hours series seeks to examine different aspects of power in politics and public life in the UK and beyond. From the role of special advisers to opposition backbench MPs, to Government Ministers and think tank directors, we spend 60 minutes with key decision-makers looking at their early careers, the big issues they’ve grappled with and their hopes and fear for the future.
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