The John Smith Centre launches at Dover House, Whitehall

Issued: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Catherine Smith, Sir Anton Muscatelli, and Matt CarterJohn Smith Centre Chair Catherine Smith, with Board Member Matt Carter, and University of Glasgow Principal Sir Anton Muscatelli at the launch.

Supporters and friends of the John Smith Centre for Public Service gathered to celebrate the Centre's launch at a special reception in March 2016. 

The launch event was held at the Scotland Office, Whitehall, and kindly hosted by Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon David Mundell MP. Alumni and friends of the University of Glasgow and the Centre came together to celebrate the launch and the Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, shared the Centre’s ambitious vision for its activity programme. This includes plans to establish a Public Service Internship Programme that will support students to undertake paid work experience at leading public service institutions, opportunities that are important for students’ academic and professional development as well as the promotion of public service vocations. Lord McCluskey, one of Scotland’s leading legal figures, also expressed their support for the Centre, reflecting on John Smith’s own dedication to public service and the importance of inspiring our next generation of public service leaders.

Professor Anton Muscatelli said "John Smith was one of our most distinguished alumni and a bust of his image has pride of place in the Glasgow University Union where he debated and discussed some of the most vital issues of the day. The University has a strong history of producing public service leaders, from Scotland's earliest First Minister, Donal Dewar, to Nicola Sturgeon, current First Minister of Scotland and Maihri Black MP, Westminster's youngest MP since 1832. At the heart of our partnership with the Centre is an aim to continue to attract more young people into public service roles and to contribute to public life. Under John Smith's unifying reputation, the Centre will support students to undertake paid work placements at leading public service institutions, opportunities that are important for academic and professional development as well as the promotion of public service vocations."

The launch was a successful landmark occasion and we are grateful to all those who have enabled the Centre to reach this stage. We are now seeking supporters and partners to help bring the Centre’s vision to life. For further information, please contact us.