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The Dianne and Brian Arkley Fund was set up by a legacy gift to Newcastle University from Dianne. This legacy gift has supported seven scholars to get one step closer to their dream.

Dianne and Brian met through a mutual friend and married in 1972.

Brian liked motor bikes and in his youth and was a keen trials rider. He later took up cycling, where he’d cycle many miles each week, on his own or with friends. Brian’s bikes, with and without engines, took up most of the space in their garage.

Dianne was employed as a Deputy Registrar. She enjoyed day trips to London, and regularly visited the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. She’d often meet with her sisters and niece at the Flower Shows.

Though not Newcastle University graduates, they spent their married life in Morpeth – Newcastle University was their local university.

The Dianne and Brian Arkley Fund was set up by a legacy gift to Newcastle University from Dianne. After her husband, Brian, passed away in 2012, Dianne became aware of the support the University offers Medical students. Dianne hoped that a legacy gift for the Faculty of Medical Sciences would help trainee doctors who would otherwise struggle to complete their course. Unfortunately she passed away in August 2014 and since then, Dianne and Brian’s generosity has helped seven scholars get a step closer to achieving their goal. 

One of those students is Elle, a third year Medical student. The Dianne and Brian Arkley Fund has allowed Elle to fund some of her research and travel abroad. In the future, she wants to work in managing epidemics and natural disasters and without the support she was given, Elle may not have been able to pursue her dreams of helping others.

Scholarship support for students offer them the freedom to follow interests and not be restricted by background or circumstances.

Find out more about Legacy Giving at Newcastle University

Dianne and Brian Arkley

published on: 11 November 2019