Initially, three SIGs were established, each one focusing on a key issue relating to institutional research.
The SIG: Quality in Higher Education was established to provide thinking time on matters relating to quality management in higher education.; the SIG: Exploiting Data Repositories allowed members time to explore the challenges of managing data; and the SIG: Student Experience encouraged colleagues to explore aspects of the whole student experience of higher education.
In more recent years, it was recognised that a new group was also needed, which focused specifically on institutional research and its role in modern universities. The underlying principle of the SIG, however, has developed and adapted to needs: new groups have emerged to address new concerns. The SIG is continually evolving but it has become a core element of the modern EAIR and an excellent opportunity for sharing ideas and experience as well as networking.