NUI Galway is to promote three staff members to the post of senior lecturer after accepting a flaw in the appointment process earlier this year.

At this afternoon's meeting of the institute's Governing Authority a recommendation to promote the staff was accepted, following "scoring errors" in the promotion process.

However, it is not yet clear if promotions are being offered to five female staff members who contend they were discriminated against on gender grounds.

One of the five, history lecturer Róisín Healy, said this evening that none of them had been told that they were being given promotions.

The University will not confirm the names of any of those being promoted as a result of today's decision.

There has been criticism of NUI Galway's process for appointing senior lecturers.

Last month, NUI Galway was instructed by the Equality Tribunal to immediately promote a female academic and pay her €70,000 in damages.

The ruling came after the tribunal found that the college had discriminated against her on the grounds of her gender.

Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington applied for a senior lectureship post at the university in 2009 but was not appointed.

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

Earlier this month, Dr Sheehy-Skeffington announced that she was donating the award to five female academics who all applied for promotion at the same time but were unsuccessful.

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

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

This evening, Róisín Healy said that while she and her four colleagues were confident the University would engage with them on their grievances, they still intended to lodge civil claims against the college in the Circuit Court this week.

She said they would prefer not to go down this route but were mindful of the Statute of Limitations.

She said none of the five had been told they were being offered promotions after today's meeting.

The University has committed to reviewing the process for appointing senior lecturers and is to establish an independent task force to review polices regarding gender equality.