We work together with our customers to define what they actually need – rather than developing something that may or may not directly address their requirements.

"Really interesting and applicable to industry. Would consider making the course compulsory for all knowledge exchange project personnel."

CAPM participant, University of Strathclyde 25th August 2018

Fistral Consultancy

Fistral provides management consultancy internationally to organisations across all sectors: from SMEs to blue-chip companies, local government to global public sector organisations, academic organisations to industry partners. The Fistral team focus on identifying the root cause of a problem and then work with the customer to develop the best method of addressing it, with a solution that works and importantly, will stick.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Improving Projects; Designing Training; and Motivating People. Engagements are often complimented with training, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, 1:1 or group sessions, mentoring and remote (e.g. Skype) support to ensure meaningful and sustainable change.

Improving Projects

Fistral supports traditional project management phases such as:

  • Project Initiation
  • Planning for New or Existing Projects

as well as specialising in:

  • Project Audits
  • Monitoring &Project Evaluation
  • Project Recovery – including troubleshooting; and
  • Independent Risk Review.

Designing Training

Fistral uses extensive industry and academic experience in:

  • Designing Courses & Programmes
  • Designing Training & Lecturing
  • Course Evaluation
  • Aligning Courses to Professional Certification (PMI, ILM, CMI, Chartered status etc)

to provide cohesive and effective approaches to the:

  • Design & Implementation of Integrated Training Courses &Staff Development Programmes.

Motivating People

In addition to our coaching and mentoring support, customers working with new or existing teams often opt for bespoke consultancy on softer skills such as:

  • Improved Team Work
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Improving Customer Service; and
  • Change Management.

Underpinned by certified DiSC® professional user expertise, Fistral can use behavioural profiling (sometimes referred to as ‘colours’) to support team and personal development interventions as appropriate.

Fistral Training & Consultancy - Lecturer & Research Students

Consultancy Examples

The consultancy examples below show how we use extensive industry and academic experience to help and support: kick-starting new projects; improving existing projects; monitoring, reviewing and/or auditing projects; engaging and motivating staff; supporting change in organisations; conducting training needs analysis; evaluating programmes and courses; and designing, developing and delivering new training and programmes using a cohesive and effective approach to implementation of integrated into staff and researcher development programmes.

  • Providing guidance on best-practice application of project/programme management techniques for a large European-funded network of 450+ members working together across 25+ countries
  • Team development workshops for departments undergoing change and restructure in HEIs
  • Leadership workshops linked to gender equality for women in technology.
  • Personal effectiveness workshops for BME researchers
  • Workshops and mentoring sessions for staff managing strategic projects in Universities
  • Masterclasses, mentoring and bespoke workshops for Universities and UK Catapult organisations
  • Advising on a standardised approach to planning and implementing projects to align with Strategic Planning deliverables
  • Independent evaluation of a European-funded project supporting partners in 21 European countries
  • Developing a Project and Programme Capability Development Model for the Portfolio Management Office of one the biggest public sector organisations in Scotland
  • Developing and delivering a Leadership and Management Programme for ECRs and MCAs working at one of the top 200 young Universities in the world.
  • Bespoke seminars – in Risk Management, Offshore-Wind and Renewables Energy
  • Dovetailing internal and external training approaches to ensure a consistent, integrated, approach to training and staff development programmes
  • Project audits for blue-chip companies in Europe
  • Advice on customisation of templates for Project Management and Risk Management based on best-practice
  • Development of a plan for creating a Competency Development Framework and Portfolio Maturity Model
  • Organising and sponsoring the National CanSat Competition 2012
  • Bespoke Risk workshops for European teams working on satellite missions
  • Development of Project Management role descriptions, skills and competencies

For Customer Comments see Testimonials

“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...