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.

Named the Times Higher Education 2020 University of the Year, the University of Glasgow is ranked 77th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and is in the top 100 in the world in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2021.

The University has annual research income of more than £179m and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities. 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 also presents a fortnightly Podcast called Spotlight and assists with the University’s wider public engagement work.

The Centre operates under the University of Glasgow’s charitable status. A record for the John Smith Centre’s Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) is available to access via the Scottish charity regulator’s website. The SCIO exists as a legal entity in order to contract with the University of Glasgow to produce a Memorandum of Association which details our governance arrangements. The SCIO files zero sum accounts as the funds we raise and spend are held by the University of Glasgow.

The John Smith Centre Board oversees the conduct, leadership and management of the Centre and includes members of the Smith family, University of Glasgow alumni, public service practitioners and academic staff. Find out more about our board here.