Our Mission

Promoting trust in politics and public service

We exist to:


Politics has become a discredited and disrespected process. This acts as a huge disincentive to talented people choosing to enter politics. People passionate to effect change will go elsewhere, and we will all suffer as a result.

We need to act now: it is critical to the social and economic wellbeing of our country that the most able and willing to serve to represent us.

Our Work
Our work covers research, development opportunities, events and more.
Our Board

Meet the John Smith Centre Management Board.

Our Staff

Meet the Staff at the John Smith Centre.

John Smith, QC, MP

Find out more about the Rt Hon John Smith QC MP

Funding &

Find out more about who supports our work and who we work with.


Work for the John Smith Centre.

University of Glasgow

The John Smith Centre is housed within the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide and has around 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to leading the Centre’s work, our Director Kezia Dugdale also teaches Social and Public Policy at the University. Together with the Dean of External Engagement Graeme Roy she presents a fortnightly Podcast called Spotlight and assists with the University’s wider public engagement work.