Atieme is studying for a PhD in Biochemistry. Prior to studying at Keele, Atieme had studied for Master’s Degree at Nottingham Trent University, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Atieme spends most of his time performing experiments in the laboratory, where he attempts to understand the molecular pathways that are altered in patients of cerebral malaria with a view to finding therapeutic routes. Aside his busy schedules in the lab, Atieme enjoys listening to gospel music, writing, reading and playing with his children! Atieme was interested in the role of Association Secretary as he wanted to represent and clamour for the welfare of all postgraduates at Keele. The paid part-time nature of the role was also another factor that influenced his interest as he still has to focus on his PhD whilst working with the KPA, thereby developing his organisational and time management skills amongst others
The Association Secretary position is a part-time, paid role which makes it perfect for doing alongside study. The primary focus of the position is to manage communications, run elections and by-elections as Chief Returning Officer and to act as a representative of the postgraduate student body. Finally, the role also entails acting as a trustee of the KPA, attending regular meetings and managing the interests of the charity.