Fistral Training & Consultancy

We believe that training should change working practices in a measurable, positive way. The training experience should be stimulating and enjoyable as well as instructive. [Fistral’s vision]

"Excellent course – one of the most useful I have been on. I would recommend it for any PhD student”

PhD Student, Queens University Belfast 29th August 2018

Welcome to Fistral

Fistral Training and Consultancy has been delivering training and consultancy since 1991. Over the years the organisation has grown from its original Glasgow base to support researchers, professional, and support staff across Europe in four specialised areas: Project Management, Leading & Influencing, Communication & Collaboration, and Personal Effectiveness.

For almost 20 years Fistral has specifically supported HEIs and research-focused / knowledge-intensive organisations. We focus on hands-on practical tools and techniques that can be applied immediately on return to desk or lab. Our proven experience delivering practical training in many distinct and diverse sectors makes a real difference to staff and researchers working within world-class organisations globally.

Partners and course participants appreciate the level of relevance and contextualisation that trainers bring to all-staff and researcher training. This is a direct result of trainers’ own experiences as consultants and active, professionally certified practitioners in private and public sectors and in industry and academic arenas. The Fistral team use their extensive experience to provide professional insights, recommendations, guidance, practical tips and real-life scenarios.

Our Approach

Course content is underpinned by best practice and the real experiences of our trainers.
This is why Fistral courses scored 4.70 overall in 2017-18 & 4.69 overall in 2018-19
(out of 5 , 5=Excellent, Sep-Aug).

All courses focus on practical hands-on tools and techniques that are directly relevant and applicable to participants’ roles and the workplace.

The Fistral team have a wide range of experience in academic, research, public sector and industry settings which they bring to all our courses. With expertise across disciplines, sectors and throughout Europe, Fistral has a well-evidenced track record of delivering high-quality, relevant, training provision and excellent customer service.

We offer a unique partnership, commitment, understanding and focus on research-, university-, public sector and industry-specific issues. Fistral courses can be customised and adapted for a range of audiences and levels; we adhere to best practice; and the Fistral team regularly support individuals in achieving professional Certification.

"Very good course - I am keen to apply this learning in my place of work and have realised that the biggest problem in my team is me giving out concepts, not projects."

Staff member, NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018



“It covered all basic techniques a new team leader should have.”: LSE Space participant

Our 3-day 'Leadership Skills and Techniques for New Team Leaders' (TL1) course was very well received by LSE Space GmbH....

Keeping on Top of Your Research/PhD: Personal Time Management Strategies

A recent Time Management Strategies course for researchers, held at the University of Strathclyde, was very well received. As one...

4.50 out of 5 for Space Sector’s Risk course: it is “Relevant to the environment we work on.”

Our last Introduction to Project Risk Management before the summer break, held at ESTEC received excellent comments and feedback. Participants...

Bespoke PM for the Careers Service was the “Best course in a long time!”

University College Cork recently ran a bespoke Project Management session for the Career Services team. Staff rated the session a...

PM Principles Level 1 given 4.60 overall rating by staff in Noordwijk

PM Principles Level 1, our flagship course customised for the Space sector, was given another excellent rating from ESA staff....

4.68 for ‘Keeping on Top of Your Research/PhD’ – “I now feel less overwhelmed + less anxious.”

Our highly popular Time Management Strategies course, contextualised for research was given another excellent rating. PGRs at the University of...

ESTEC staff give Agile 4.60 out of 5

We were delighted when Space staff in Noordwijk gave 'Agile Product Management: An Introduction Using Scrum' 4.60 out of 5...

4.75 for CAPM at the University of Manchester M4DE CDT

A recent CAPM Exam Prep Day course was given a brilliant 4.75 out of 5 rating (5 being Excellent) from...

4.50 for Agile Project Management

Our PM team were back in Darmstadt recently delivering 'Agile Product Delivery: An Introduction using Scrum' to a group of...

“Excellent & very applicable for research & other areas in life/workplace too. Do it!”

Project Management for Researchers, a bespoke version of PMRW delivered at Edinburgh Napier University, was rated a fabulous 4.88 out...

CAPM Exam Prep Day at University of Bath rates 4.38

The final Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam Preparation Day at the University of Bath was given a 4.38...

‘Maximising Your Potential & Working Smarter’: “Thank you for a very interesting & life-changing/work-changing workshop!!” (BME ECR)

In support of the BME ECR conference held in London earlier this year, Fistral delivered a follow-up bespoke 'Maximising Your...

“[The trainer] was great at helping us understand how to prepare for the CAPM exam, he also gave good hints and tips on how to book the exam and on books that would be beneficial to help pass.” (CAPM candidate, University of Strathclyde)

The usefulness of our CAPM Exam Preparation Day shone through once again at the University of Strathclyde. With an overall...

“Very applicable to current PhD work but with skills to apply to future career.” (researcher, University of Liverpool)

Introduction to Project Management, delivered for the Liverpool Doctoral College Development Programme, got great feedback and an overall 4.58 out...

Professional Communication Skills: “Everybody should attend one like this.”

Our PCS course was very well received by staff working in the Space sector. Delivered in Darmstadt, this 3-day course...

“One of the more genuinely engaging and potentially useful training events I have attended.” (CDT, Exeter)

Our 'Project Management in the Real World' 2-day course was given another excellent rating, this time for a Centre for...

4.78 for CAPM Exam Preparation Day

The final installment in our Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) training programme, delivered for staff in University College Cork...

Space PM Principles Level 2 is rated 4.50 out of 5 by ESA staff

A recent Level 2 PM course held in ESTEC in The Netherlands was given great ratings and feedback. Comments from...

“It was very interesting, useful and applicable to my work. The presenter is great and very experienced.” (PML2 for Space)

LSE Space held a 'Project Management Principles Level 2' course in Darmstadt earlier this month, and we're delighted to say...

Professional Certification course gets 4.90 out of 5 (CAPM Prep Day)

The final day of training for this group participating in our Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) programme at the...

5 out of 5 for Risk

We were absolutely delighted to receive full marks and excellent feedback for our 'Risk Management in the Real World' course...

“I am finding this series of courses really worthwhile and rewarding – thank you!” (participant, Intermediate PM)

The University of Bath researcher development programme runs Fistral's CAPM professional certification training courses for researchers at all levels. Rating...

4.64 for Kick-Start Your PhD

The University of Stirling recently ran two 'Kick-Start Your PhD' sessions for first years. Session 1: Get Your Work Organised,...

Project Risk Management is rated 4.80 out of 5 by PhDs

Risk is another course delivered both as part of the University of Strathclyde's Researcher Development programme, and towards the PMI's...

Advanced Project Management rated 4.90 out of 5

Advanced Project Management, the penultimate course in Fistral's CAPM training programme, almost received top marks from staff at UCC in...

UCC staff give Risk 4.67 out of 5

'Project Risk Management' delivered for University College Cork's Staff Wellbeing & Development department was extremely well received. Rating 4.67 out...

“This is a useful management & leadership course. It is best undertaken if you have a specific research project in development, bid in or money received.”: 4.93 overall from MCAs

Once again our 'Practical Leadership: Getting the Best out of Your Research Team' course, this time delivered for Mid-Career Academics,...

PMRW rates 4.80 out of 5

Our flagship 2-day Project Management in the Real World course was delivered as part of the University of Strathclyde Researcher...

“Very interesting use of Project Management. Tools to apply for PhD and academia, in addition to industry. Highly recommended.”

Our PMRW 3-day course delivered for the University of Manchester's CDT - Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) was extremely well...

Leading Resilient Research Teams in Demanding Environments: 4.88 out of 5

We recently delivered our Team Resilience course customised for research as part of the ECR/MCA leadership and management programme. Staff...

4.70 for CAPM Exam Preparation Day

The final day in our CAPM training programme - a route that provides eligibility for the Project Management Institute's (PMI)...

“I feel better equipped to deal with conflict more effectively.”

'Managing Conflict', part of Fistral's Communication & Collaboration Suite, is delivered annually as part of the University of Bristol's CREATE...

Negotiation Skills: “Good links to practice.”

Rating 4.64 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), participants found a recent Negotiation Skills session as part of the University...

4.93 from ECRs for ‘Practical Leadership: Getting the Best out of Your Team’

Yet another extremely successful course was delivered for Early Career Researchers at the University of Bournemouth. 'Practical Leadership: Getting the...

PMRW gets 4.90 out of 5

Project Management in the Real World - a cornerstone of out CAPM training programme - is always well received, and...

“How to break down my work and better eat the elephant!”, Intro PM, 5 out of 5 overall rating

We were absolutely delighted that an 'Introduction to Project Management' delivered for the University of Bristol Academic Staff Development was...

“Interesting, innovative and applied.”: 4.67 from Mid-Career Academics

Delivered to Mid-Career Academics and Research Leaders, this course is part of the ECR and MCA Leadership and Management skills...

Risk course: “really easy to understand and great interaction!”

Project Risk Management at the University of Strathclyde was given an overall rating of 4.50 out of 5 (5 being...

Team Building and Effective Team Working: “I found the whole session helpful.”

University of Dundee staff gave great feedback for our Team Building and Effective Team Working 1-day course. Fistral have been...

4.98 from MCAs: Research Project Management & Planning for Uncertainty

The Fistral team were delighted that University of Bournemouth staff on the MCA Leadership & Management programme rated "Research Project...

4.80 out of 5 for PMRW

A group of PhDs from across the University of Strathclyde participated in our Project Management in the Real World 2-day...

Advanced Research Team Leadership rates 5 out of 5

Advanced Research Team Leadership is part of the Leadership & Management development programme developed for Early Career Researchers at Bournemouth...

4.75 from AFRC

The Advanced Forming Research Centre is the only one of seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres based in Scotland. Fistral...

“The content was relevant and there was very little ‘filler’ like you get on some courses.” Intro PM

Introduction to Project Management was well received as part of the Researcher Development programmer in the University of Bath. Rating...

Risk at the University of Strathclyde, 4.60

Our Project Risk Management 1-day course received yet another excellent rating. The overall rating of 4.60 out of 5 (5...

Research Project Management & Planning for Uncertainty, 4.98

Developed and delivered as part of Bournemouth University's programme supporting ECRs in Leadership and Management, this course received (almost) top...

The trainer “was able to speak to the concerns and challenges raised by students from all over the world, and at the same time pass on the core messages of the course” PMRW, 4.80 out of 5

PMRW is always a hit with participants, and a recent course for the Researcher Development programme at the University of...

Terma staff rate PM Space course 4.82

Receiving a fantastic 4.82 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), staff working in Space sector for Terma GmbH found PM...

4.70 out of 5 for Risk

Project Risk Management at the University of Strathclyde (part of our CAPM suite of courses) received excellent ratings and extremely...

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung staff rate PM 4.75 out of 5

Participants on our PM 4-day course delivered for the Max Planck Institute for Solar Research rated the session 4.75 out...