MP Sir John Hayes, who criticized the ‘awakened’ political bias in universities, has a ‘second job’ at a university


The former Conservative minister has three “second jobs” – earning more than £100,000 on top of his MP salary

An MP who wrote about “universities twisting young minds with wise lies” and criticized social science degrees is paid almost £40,000 a year as a part-time lecturer in politics.

Sir John Hayes, Conservative MP for South Holland and the Deepings, has three ‘second jobs’ which earn him £128,000 a year on top of his £84,144 MP salary.

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What is Sir John Hayes’ second job at a university?

The Backbench MP, who has written on culture wars at universities and political bias in higher education, is currently a part-time professor of political studies at the University of Bolton.

According to the latest entry in the Members’ Financial Interests Register, which requires MPs to log all outside earnings, Sir John renewed the role with increased pay last month after starting at the university during the peak of the pandemic in April 2020.

Sir John is also a regular contributor to the Daily Express, where he has written on universities and higher education without mentioning his current role.

In June 2021, Sir John wrote an article entitled “Universities twist young minds with clever lies to be punished by the law – GOOD!”.

In it, he described a group of students’ decision to remove an image of the Queen from an Oxford University common room as “part of a broader trend to ‘delete’ anything in our culture that doesn’t fit the tiny mold made of tiny’ awoke’ minds.”

He wrote: “Significantly, the request for the removal of the portrait was submitted by a student from the birthplace of Puritan ‘awakeness’—America—a nation inhabited by elements of the public from the Salem witch trials to the red horrors of the twentieth century Century have long been prone to periodic waves of spiteful hysteria.”

The student in question, Matthew Katzman, recently told the Observer how he faced threats and racist attacks that forced him to seek shelter and eventually flee Oxford after the incident was reported, which he says was grossly misrepresented became.

He told the Observer: “The journalists and politicians who put me down did it for their own ends: to make headlines or to get paid. Well, congratulations! Because everyone won. They didn’t care what it did to me.”

Earlier this year, Sir John wrote an article for the Daily Express entitled ‘It’s time to learn that degrees aren’t for everyone’, in which he warned of ‘questionable degrees of no intellectual or economic value’.

“Arts and social sciences are particularly vulnerable to the watering down of standards and the corruption of content,” he wrote.

He also claimed that students who take these courses leave university “so poorly educated that, unsurprisingly, they cannot use their degrees for any meaningful job.”

NationalWorld contacted Sir John Hayes and the University of Bolton for comment but received no response.

How Much Does Sir John Hayes Earn From Side Jobs?

The University of Bolton role pays £38,750 a year, but Sir John is also President of a technical college in Saudi Arabia and strategic adviser to an oil trading firm, BB Energy Trading, which earns him £30,000 and £50,000 a year respectively.

Overall, Sir John’s side hustle involves an average monthly commitment of over 38 hours – roughly a full workweek each month. MP Sir John Hayes, who criticized the ‘awakened’ political bias in universities, has a ‘second job’ at a university


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