James Ellison, accused of starting fires in Calais, is a PhD student at Loughborough University
The academic, who has previously written a theses on feminism and “colonial politics”, is on a PhD programme at Loughborough university – which UK taxpayers fork out for.
On the university’s website, his thesis – titled “On the boundaries of the state: visual representations of border violence in Calais, France” – is described as a “critical assessment” of reporting of the northern France migrant shanty town.
I’d like to say, don’t just let the children in, let everyone in
But until two days ago, the description allegedly described Mr Ellison as an “activist” who “through involvement with freedom of movement struggles in Calais… has witnessed first hand the ensuing border crisis and human emergency as it has increased over the last 4 years.”
It allegedly continued: “All of this experience has fed into his research and James has become directly involved with documenting police and fascist violence in Calais.”
“He has also helped establish social media groups that have become instrumental in coordinating material support and volunteers in Calais.”
James Ellison has written theses on feminism and ‘colonial politics’
The academic received a scholarship from the Midlands university’s School of the Arts, English and Drama to the tune of £14,296, as well as covering tuition.
Mr Ellison is also allegedly the administrator of the pro-migrant Facebook page “Calais migrant solidarity (No Borders)”.
He reportedly wrote earlier this month: “I’d like to say, don’t just let the children in, let everyone in.
Demolition began on the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais last Sunday
The Government’s decision to accept child migrants from the camp earlier this month sparked fury after facial recognition technology showed those arriving at a holding in centre in Croydon appeared to be up to 38-years-old.
“I find the scenes of the camp on fire and its destruction distressing.
“I am not responsible for organising any of the protests that have occurred.”
He added: “I do not believe that all ‘No Border’ activists are violent nor do I believe that they were responsible for the fire and destruction of the camp.