“John Smith was one of our most distinguished alumni. His influence and impact were, and are, profound. It is clear that we now live in an age of crisis and renewal. We should focus on the opportunities for renewal and creating the institutions and ideals that can drive improvement across society. The John Smith Centre for Public Service can do this.” Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow

On 12th May 2014, the 20th anniversary of the death of the Labour Party Leader, the Rt Hon. John Smith Q.C., M.P., Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill announced the creation of a new Centre to “promote public service as a noble vocation” and provide a lasting, fitting and meaningful tribute to the life and work of John Smith.

The Centre sits within the University of Glasgow and works in partnership with other departments to act as a focus for advocacy, debate and insight into public service, with the ambition of attracting more young people to contribute to public life and restoring the reputation of the role of public servants

“Democracy is precious, but to flourish it needs people prepared to step up to the plate and serve their community and their country. The notion of public service and the vocation of all those down the years who have dedicated themselves to serving our country have been absolutely critical to our success. So many countries suffer from corruption, maladministration, broken politics and politicians, officials and administrators who serve themselves and not the public. So this is indeed a timely and relevant new institute.

John Smith embodied so much that is good in public service. This Centre for Public Service is a fitting tribute to a man of high principle, huge passion and great compassion. I wish it well in its endeavours over the months and years to come.”

Rt. Hon. David Cameron