The John Smith Centre – Promoting trust in politics and public service

Our mission is to:

  • Make the positive case for politics and public service.
  • Promote civilised debate and defend representative democracy, rooted in high quality research.
  • Support people with talent, but not the means, to access politics and public life.

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.