Robertson Scholars meet with John Smith Trust Fellows in Edinburgh

Issued: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 BST

Scholars, Gordon Hunt, Alison Hopper, and a painting of John Smith at Cluny Drive(Zainab Magzoub, Gordon Hunt, Jordan Cavell, and Alison Hopper at a reception for John Smith Trust Fellows‌)

In early June, the Robertson Scholars representing the John Smith Centre as the inaugural John Smith Public Service Awardees, Jordan Cavell and Zainab Magzoub, met with John Smith Trust Fellows at a reception held at Baroness Smith's home in Edinburgh.

They were joined at the event by Gordon Hunt, Head of Scholarship and Learning at the Robertson Trust, and Alison Hopper, John Smith Centre Development Manager. The Robertson Scholars also attended a talk by John Smith's former Chief Policy Adviser, David Ward, held at the Faculty of Advocates. 

The John Smith Trust is the sister organisation of the John Smith Centre. Founded in 1996 the Trust seeks to promote good governance, social justice and the rule of law by nurturing a new generation of leaders committed to making a difference in their countries and societies. 

The current tranche of John Smith Trust Fellows are from seven countries across Central and Eastern Europe, and are spending four weeks in the UK, which includes a week in Scotland and three weeks in London. Fellows participate in workshops, debates and visits with senior leaders and high-level experts. Each Fellow also has a programme of meetings tailored to their particular area of interest, which is reinforced by follow-up mentoring and support.

The Roberston Scholars participated in the events as part of the John Smith Public Service Award, a professional development programme offered in partnership by the John Smith Centre and the Robertson Trust. These events provided Scholars and Fellows alike the opportunity to network, learn more about John Smith and consider public service from an international perspective.