The Tigers formed following discussion concerning the general lack of progress regarding equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in the UK higher education environment, particularly in regards to understanding the role of the UK funding landscape in shaping this environment.

In 2019, many of got to together to create a pitch for the #MyScienceInquiry. This was a process created by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, which invited members of the public to frame their evidence gathering session for 2019. The written pitch can be found here, and it was co-signed by 203 UK STEMM professionals from across the entire of the UK and working within a range of higher education, industry, learned society and related employers. You can watch the video of the pitch by Prof Rachel Oliver below.

From the original group of signatories, a few have been continuing this discussion. We are presently working together to provide mutual support and to explore the potential to enhance the UK higher education, industrial, and research environments through raising the profile of equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility issues in these landscapes.

The TIGERS group are still early in this process, and we will evolve as time progresses. To hear about our progress and to keep involved, you are best placed to find us on twitter (https://twitter.com/tigerinstemm/). You can email us at roar@tigerinstemm.org and we'll open up other methods to get in touch in due course.