The John Smith Centre promotes a positive vision for representative politics.

  • We encourage the next generation of representatives to see politics as one of the most effective ways to pursue change
  • We encourage those who have the interest and passion but not the access or means to enter politics
  • We champion excellence in politicians to act as role models for public service
  • We foster respect for our elected representatives through advocacy and debate and improving understanding of what it means to serve our citizens.

The Centre sits within the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.  Glasgow is one of the UK’s leading research institutions and is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. Named Scottish University of the Year 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good Universities Guide, the University of Glasgow has an annual research income of more than £180 million and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which is chaired by Glasgow Principal, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli OBE.