Legacy of Warwickshire’s first Woman High Sheriff will help to tackle global food security

The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust set up by a leading Warwickshire farmer, who was the first woman to be High Sheriff of the county, will fund a Chair in Food Security at the University of Warwick. Professor Laura Green, Head of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, said:

“The support of the Trust to enable us to create the Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security will make a significant difference to a research and impact programme focused on the crucial issue of ‘Food’. 'Food' is one of the University of Warwick's Global Research Priorities, where we are focusing our research efforts on issues of food security, food production and supply, environmental and social sustainability, governance, social justice, nutrition and public health.”

In addition to the Chair in Food Security the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust have also kindly agreed to fund a special Scholarship Fund at the University of Warwick which will provide funding to support students wishing to undertake placements in commercial laboratories, other academic research facilities, or with growers and producers, or to support their study for an MSc or PhD. Read more here.

The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust, was established in memory of Elizabeth Creak who previously ran one of the Warwickshire's largest dairy farms.

Students at Harper Adams University are also are set to benefit from a generous £25,000 donation from the Trust, which will be used to support a series of student scholarships.

The first to benefit are postgraduate students Claire Cianchi, from Herefordshire, and Rachel Glover, from Warwickshire, who will each receive a Clyde Higgs Scholarship, named after Miss Creak’s uncle from whom she inherited her the farming enterprise in 1963.

Both Claire and Rachel will be starting the MSc Sustainable Agriculture programme at Harper Adams University in September.

The Clyde Higgs Scholarships are worth £4,500 each and the remaining funds donated to Harper Adams from The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust will support undergraduate scholarships, to be awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr David Llewellyn, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “We are very much aware that the agri-food sector requires able young entrants, and we have a strong track record in working with industry to meet this need." Read more here.