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.


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.
Council Elections: What's Next?
We were delighted to be joined by Alison Evison, the former President of COSLA and independent councillor for the Mearns ward in Aberdeenshire. Alison has been in local government for nine years and spoke to us about the highs and lows of working as a councillor, and what the challenges will be for the next term.