Our dedicated Customer Support Team ensure participants and customers get the high quality, relevant provision they need. As a result, Fistral has many long-standing, very positive relationships with organisations around the world.

"Extensive, complex information presented in a relaxed, humorous manner which made it relevant and understandable. Well pitched. Well done!”

PhD Student, University of Stirling 29th August 2018

Fistral Customers around the World

Fistral Customers

Fistral supports a wide-range of industry and knowledge-intensive organisations. The following organisations, universities, and research-specific International and European Training Networks, Research Projects, Research Centres, CDTs and Doctoral Colleges have all chosen Fistral.

Organisations that have chosen Fistral include:

  • AOES Group BV – Advanced Operations and Engineering Services
  • ATG Europe BV
  • AURORA Technology BV
  • CALA Group Ltd
  • CanSat Scotland
  • CapnaDSP
  • Compaq Computer Corporation UK
  • European Space Agency Headquarters (ESA HQ)
  • European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT)
  • European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
  • European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)
  • European Centre for Earth observation (ESRIN)
  • European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Glasgow Training Group
  • Greater Glasgow Health Board
  • HE Space Operations BV and GmbH
  • Isle of Man Government
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • LSE Space GmbH
  • Microsoft Multimap UK
  • NHS Health Scotland
  • NHS Information Services Division
  • Partick Housing Association
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Scottish Water
  • Southern General Hospital
  • Terma GmbH
  • West Dunbartonshire Council

Fistral Customers including Universities, European Research Networks, Research Projects, Research Centres, CDTs and Doctoral Colleges

Fistral Customers including Universities, European Research Networks, Research Projects, Research Centres, CDTs and Doctoral Colleges

Universities that have chosen Fistral include:

  • Aberdeen
  • Bath
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol (r)
  • Cardiff (r)
  • Cork
  • Dublin City
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh (r)
  • Edinburgh Napier
  • Exeter (r)
  • Galway
  • Glasgow (r)
  • Glasgow Caledonian
  • Heriot-Watt
  • Kings College London (r)
  • Liverpool (r)
  • Loughborough
  • Manchester (r)
  • Newcastle (r)
  • Queen Margaret
  • Queens, Belfast (r)
  • Robert Gordon
  • Royal College of Art
  • St Andrews
  • Stirling
  • Strathclyde
  • Ulster
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • York St John

(r) = one of the 24 Russell Group universities
Fistral Customers include Training & Development in Universities across the country

Fistral Customers include Universities across the country

European Research Networks, Research Projects, Research Centres, CDTs and Doctoral Colleges that have chosen Fistral include:

  • CDT Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science
  • Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • Apoptosis Research Centre
  • Bristol Doctoral College
  • CDT Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials
  • CDT Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences
  • CDT Chemical Synthesis
  • Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology
  • CORE Innovative Training Network (Continuous Resolution and Deracemization of Chiral Compounds by Crystallization)
  • COST Action Network (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
  • DITANET Network (development of novel Diagnostic Techniques for future particle Accelerators)
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • EUROCAT Network (European surveillance of Congenital Anomalies)
  • Exeter Doctoral College
  • CDT Future Power Networks and Smart Grids
  • GW4 alliance (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter)
  • CDT Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC)
  • LA3NET Network (LAsers for Applications at Accelerator facilities)
  • Liverpool Doctoral College
  • CDT Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE)
  • CDT Metamaterials (XM2)
  • National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (Ireland)
  • OMA Network (Optimization of Medical Accelerators)
  • oPAC Network (optimization of the performance of any Particle ACcelerator)
  • CDT Power Networks
  • Power Networks Demonstation Centre
  • CDT Quantum Engineering
  • Tayside Clinical Trials Unit
  • Teagasc UCC Agri Food Graduate Development Programme
  • UK Wind Energy Research Centre
  • Wellcome Trust Liverpool Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research

… plus our work delivering training and consultancy with Space, Aeronautical, Nuclear and Renewables Energy staff and researchers…


Fistral is proud of the excellent feedback and course ratings we receive from customers around the world. Our dedicated Customer Support Team has extremely positive relationships with a wide range of long-standing customers.

Customers say the following about working with Fistral:

“In addition to great ratings, we’ve had excellent verbal feedback too. I have had a few individuals come to me to say how engaged they felt with the PM function, for the first time!”

Programmes Manager, Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), August 2015

“Fistral have been delivering Project Management training with us for 5 years now and it is an excellent and highly valued course for all research students. It can greatly contribute to the organisation of the research project itself and such skills significantly enhances the postgraduate researcher’s career portfolio.”

Head of PGR Development, University of Liverpool, June 2015

“University College Cork (UCC) has been successfully working with Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd for the provision of PM training to a variety of staff cohorts. We have run 1-day programmes targeted at Research Staff; open 2-day programmes for mixed cohorts of staff and a very successful series of one day Masterclasses for our Senior Management Team and members of the project groups. In all instances, the training is very highly rated and we have on-going and consistent demand for all programmes.

I have found Fistral to be both cost effective and extremely cooperative in supporting the delivery of the training and in adapting the contents to the needs of the participant groups. In relation to the Masterclasses in particular, working with the trainer, we devised a means of delivering the training which introduced participants to the tools and techniques of project management while working through the life cycle of UCC projects identified by the participants themselves.

This required a huge amount of the trainer in terms of demonstrating his own command of the topic, as well as genuinely mentoring and supporting participants on project management and implementation. I believe that in this instance, together, we devised a new approach to PM training delivery, that was extremely effective in our environment.

In all our dealings with Fistral, from support to training delivery, we have found each person to be very professional and thorough and that they embodied a sound approach to project management and implementation.”

Manager, Staff Development & Welfare, University College Cork, July 2014

“We have used Fistral for a number of years now to deliver project management training to the doctoral students on our Nuclear Engineering EngD programme. The courses teach simple practical tools and techniques, clearly explained, which the students will actually use (they tell us so). It covers both theory and (importantly) the behaviours that impact on projects’ progress.

The trainer who delivers the course for us is an immense hit with the trainees. They can see that his contribution is based on extensive personal experience of project management, gained in a wide variety of contexts. He employs a wealth of anecdotes to bring his material to life, and injects a touch of humour as appropriate.

All this gives the EngD students confidence in the validity of the material which is being delivered and the motivation to utilise it on their own work.”

EngD Programme Manager, University of Manchester, May 2014

“In the five years the University of Strathclyde have engaged the services of Fistral, we’ve worked in partnership to tailor provision which specifically meets the needs of our industry-facing researchers. Year on year, the number of qualified project managers coming through the CAPM programme has increased as a result of its positive reputation and it’s demonstrable benefits within academia and other sectors.

We’ve now doubled the number of CAPM deliveries a year in response to growing demand, and it’s fast become one of the most popular and highly valued courses offered as part of the Researcher Development Programme. Fistral’s professionalism and flexible approach has ensured we continue to offer our researchers training of excellence and relevance, producing more highly skilled project managers in the process.”

Researcher Development Manager, University of Strathclyde, October 2013

“We recently worked with Fistral to create a new Consultancy Skills course for our organisation. They offered a friendly, professional service and bring a wealth of knowledge to their course creations. The trainer received some very positive feedback on the day and delegates felt the course covered some useful tools and techniques that can be easily applied to the workplace.”

Staff Development Manager, NHS National Services Scotland, Information Services Division, October 2012

“I find Fistral to be friendly, accommodating and very professional. All staff are helpful and considerate. Our feedback from workshop participants has been very positive. My personal experience of dealing with the trainers has been very positive. All trainers that I have spoken with have been keen to listen to my concerns or ideas and to provide useful constructive feedback to inform my programme planning. They have also been flexible and positive about incorporating changes into the workshop structure or the proposed content and timing.”

Researcher Development Coordinator, Heriot-Watt University, November 2011

“The company is professional and my dealings with [Fistral] in the summer with regard to the re-design of the programme were very positive from my perspective. I liked [their] flexibility and commitment to working with us on a new approach. The trainers are very professional and receive good feedback from participants.”

Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme Manager, International and Postgraduate Student Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, November 2011

“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...