The John Smith Centre for Public Service is a non-partisan hub for exploring ideas and creating debate about public service in today’s complex world, with a particular focus on politics.  

Our mission is to challenge modern perceptions of politicians and to raise the bar for all those elected to public office. Through advocacy, debate and insight we aim to re-ignite trust in politicians and restore the ideal of public service as a noble vocation. 

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.

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