The John Smith Centre has joined forces with the UK Government’s Cabinet Office to run a series of public service masterclass events at the University of Glasgow.

By the end of 2023/24, the Cabinet Office will have around 400 members of staff based in Glasgow, with the headcount expected to grow. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for a key function of the UK Government to build greater links both with the University of Glasgow and the wider Glasgow community.

The first of these masterclass events took place on 20 October, where Dr Ros Rivaz, Chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, gave a fascinating account of her career to date which has traversed both the public and private sector.

The second of these “Cabinet Office Conversation” events, designed to lift the lid on the variety of different careers available in public life, will take place on 1 November. Featuring Chris Stark, it will explore themes around the UK Government’s climate change commitments and how, as the Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee, Chris is tracking the countries progress towards net zero.

We hope this collaboration will return with further speakers in 2023 and become a regular feature of the University’s employability calendar, providing a variety of interesting and unique experiences for Glasgow students to hear from leading voices across our public life.