A Galway academic who won a discrimination case against NUI Galway will donate the award she received to other women at the university hoping to fight a similar case.

Two weeks ago the Equality Tribunal found that NUIG had discriminated against Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington on the grounds of her gender when it failed to promote her to a senior lecturer post.

The tribunal ordered the university to pay Dr Sheehy-Skeffington €70,000 as well as back pay of several years.

Dr Sheehy-Skeffington is donating the €70,000 to five female academics at NUIG who all applied for promotion at the same time, in 2009, but like Dr Sheehy-Skeffington were unsuccessful.

The five, all currently working at the college, say they intend to fight a similar case.

The Equality Tribunal ruling found numerous flaws with the 2009 interview process which it called "ramshackle".

It found that one man had been promoted even though he was ineligible to apply.

The tribunal said he had taken up a place that "could have gone to another man or woman".

It also found that the application form discriminated against women.

The five women are all doctors in departments spread across the arts and sciences.

They include a vice dean and a head of school.

They have been working at the college for between 15 and 30 years.

All failed in 2009 and again in 2013 to gain promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer level.

The women say they were shocked by the extent of discrimination revealed in the Equality Tribunal ruling.

It is too late for the women to take a case to the Equality Tribunal. They say they will consider going to the courts.

NUIG President Dr Jim Browne said the university was considering the ruling very carefully but believed it applied to only one person, Dr Sheehy-Skeffington.

Dr Browne said, however, that he would talk to the women very sympathetically and would try to arrive at a solution to support them.

Dr Browne said Higher Education Authority figures revealed by RTÉ News yesterday showed a "dismal" record by the third level sector on gender equality.

Accepting that NUIG was the worst, he said he would not be happy until the college had achieved gender equality.

NUIG has introduced a number of measures aimed at achieving this.

It has accepted the Equality Tribunal ruling and will set up a task force in which Dr Sheehy-Skeffington will participate.

Interview with equality campaigner Professor Nancy Hopkins