20 July 2011

Memorial fund for Sheffield graduate raises £100,000 for scholarships

Dr Ian Noble

More than £100,000 has been raised to help provide scholarships for medical students, thanks to donations in memory of a University of Sheffield graduate who tragically died in a road accident last year.

The Dr Ian Noble Memorial Fund was set up to celebrate the life of former student Ian Noble, who graduated in Medicine from the University in 2009, but died in a road accident in October 2010.

Despite his short career, Dr Noble’s contributions to medicine had already been considerable, so his family and partner thought it fitting to establish the fund, which will provide support for medical students at the University who are unable to find the funding to undertake an intercalated degree. Ian had undertaken such a degree and recognised the great impact that it had made on his own education and subsequent career. The first awards will be made later this year.

During his time at the University, Ian was the student representative on the Council of the British Medical Association (BMA), chaired the BMA’s Medical Students’ Committee and sat as the medical student representative on the Medical Schools’ Council. He was appointed to an Academic Foundation Training post at King´s in London and was about to embark on research on diabetes.

According to consultants he worked for at King’s he was destined for a very successful surgical career. His political activity was highly regarded and those he met through his work with the BMA thought he would progress to the highest level either in medical or national politics. Ian really wanted to make a real difference.

Ian’s friends and family are actively raising funds in a bid to help even more students take an intercalated degree. Two friends ran the Paris marathon in April; a Sheffield trained doctor, Marcus Gleave is taking part in a mountain marathon in the Lake District in July and Ian’s partner, Dr Annabel Scott is doing a run in the summer with a group of Sheffield-trained doctors.

Professor Nigel Bax, Head of the Academic Unit of Medical Education at the University of Sheffield, said: “Donations to the Dr Ian Noble Memorial Fund will help other students who, as well as having high academic ability, share the commitment and determination that was so much part of Ian’s persona. The fund, and those it supports, will provide a lasting tribute to a much missed young man who made such a tremendous contribution to medicine during his life.”

Miles Stevenson, Director of Development in the Development and Alumni Relations Office said: “The donations in memory of Dr Noble demonstrate the depth of affection for this young doctor and a life affirming wish to help future generations of Sheffield students to excel in medicine.”