Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
You might want to read *Your Money or Your Life * - I saw it recommended somewhere here recently, although I haven't started reading my copy yet.
Try not to sweat it - this trust just means that your fiancé has enough money to pursue his art, and to for you to pursue your academic interests.
Assuming you're happy with the way you've been living your lives together, then you can keep doing that, and you have loads of security.
You don't need to worry too much about maximising the earnings from this money. Assuming the £25k loan from your dad is to last you the 3 or 4 year length of your PhD then, even invested quite conservatively, this inheritance will return a bit more than you're used to.
For me, the biggest risk of such a large sum would be of me doing something "clever" and stupid. Buffet is a sophisticated investor, and he has stated that he will instead favour index trackers for his wife. You should probably read up on what those are - one of Bogle's books (Common Sense on Mutual Funds, perhaps?) might be a good start.
It sounds like you are doing everything right. Just don't fall victim to lifestyle creep, keep your savings rate high.
Reading list: (most of them recommend other books within their pages, which are all worth your while to check out also)
If You Can [PDF] author's website: http://efficientfrontier.com/ef/0adhoc/2books.htm
Millionaire Next Door [amazon link]
Your Money or Your Life [amazon link]
Bogleheads' Guide to Investing [amazon link]
Do yourself a favor and read your money or your lifehttps://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/0143115766