Project Management – Leading & Influencing – Communication & Collaboration – Personal Effectiveness
are the cornerstones of Fistral’s Product Suite.

"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."

Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme Manager, Queen’s University Belfast 29th August 2018

Fistral Approach to Training - Project Management for the Real World

Fistral Approach to Training

We believe in teaching practical, learnable techniques that can be applied to each individual’s context and used immediately regardless of scale, sector or discipline. Fistral courses and workshops focus on hands-on individual and group-based activities, as well as theory, to enable participants to get the most out of the sessions.

Fistral Training & Consultancy Project Management

Hands-on, Practical, Applicable

We believe in teaching practical, learnable techniques that can be applied to each individual’s context and used immediately regardless of scale, sector or discipline. Fistral courses and workshops focus on hands-on individual and group-based activities, as well as theory, to enable participants to get the most out of the sessions.

By focusing on a number of tried and trusted techniques, we strip away a lot of the ‘white noise’ which surrounds projects, communication and leadership, to get to the heart of the make or break issues. And, most importantly, we don’t just talk about these – we are implementing them in every project we’re involved with so we know they work. This is what we bring to our training: tried, tested and trusted real life.

Participants and employers appreciate the level of relevance and contextualisation that Fistral brings to all-staff and researcher training. Often this is achieved with minimal re-development as trainers use their extensive expertise and experiences to contextualise to the needs of the group on the day.

Course delegates testify increased effectiveness and efficiency immediately in their current role. In addition to the improved morale and self-confidence gained from professional training, they comment on the value of the trainers’ real-life expertise and experiences, as well as the sharing of best practice, tools, tips and techniques that we know make a difference in industry and academia.

Employers appreciate the added-value that external practitioners bring when demonstrating applicability within, as well as across, sectors, and recognise that our work-based, relevant and interprofessional approach delivers tangible improvements in the workplace.

Fistral Training & Consultancy Practical LeadershipRelevant, Best Practice

Using their expertise as practitioners, trainers share professional insights and good practice tools and techniques of what ‘works’ in real life. Their experience in industry, HEIs and working with

Fistral is unique in that most of our trainers hold doctorates. All of our trainers are active practitioners, and have have worked in education/HEI settings as well as with third sector and industry organisations.

This means that they have the credibility and confidence that the training and learning practices are tied-to industry needs and professional best practice, as well as an in-depth understanding of what it means to be a researcher working within a knowledge-intensive environment.

As active practitioners in their field, trainers are professionally certified which ensures that the tools and learning are pertinent, current, applicable, practical and focused on techniques and skills that are used in real life by experienced practitioners: they genuinely “practise what they preach”.

The Fistral team use this experience to provide professional insights, recommendations, guidance, practical tips and real-life scenarios. This is one key reason why our courses consistently receive ratings of ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’.

High Quality & Customer Service

We are committed to strong Quality Assurance (QA) and ongoing monitoring of our services and training provision to ensure that it continues to meet the high standards that Fistral and our customers expect.

Anything less than Very Good (4 out of 5) is discussed with partners and in-house to ensure quality training and positive ongoing participant experiences.

We make this commitment because we want to provide the best service we can to our customers and because we place high value on the feedback provided by customers and course participants as this helps us continually improve our services and the personal and professional development of our employees and the company as a whole.

In addition, the following Fistral statements and Policies are available on request:

  1. Maintaining Quality & Monitoring Courses & Services
  2. GDPR & Data Handling
  3. Equality & Diversity
  4. Sustainability
  5. Health & Safety

Fistral Training & Consultancy Courses

Product Suite

The Fistral Product Suite is separated into four areas: Project Management; Leading & Influencing; Communication & Collaboration; and Personal Effectiveness.

Fistral Training & Consultancy Product Suite

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Project Management, Leading & Influencing, Communication & Collaboration, and Personal Effectiveness courses are successfully delivered off-the-shelf, but can be easily customised, combined or tailored to match organisational and participant needs with minimal development input.

The Fistral team have extensive experience designing and developing staff and researcher programmes with customers to provide Project, Portfolio, Leadership and Management pathways for specific groups and all-staff. Pathways can easily be aligned to ILM, CMI, PMI levels as well as other professional bodies.

Project Management sessions are aligned to the Project Management Institute (PMI), and some of our softer-skills courses are underpinned by Everything DiSC®, A Wiley Brand.

Professional Certification

All of our Project Management training is aligned to the Project Management Institute and can lead to a globally recognised professional Certification in Project Management – Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)®. Read about Fistral’s CAPM/PMP Training Programme here.

In addition to developing PMI and CMI pathways, Fistral training is often used by organisations as part of their internal or external accreditation pathways and programmes. Fistral courses can be tailored bespoke for the organisation or used off-the-shelf.

Fistral courses have been used in: accredited University-awarded Certificates for staff or researchers, Institute of Leadership and Managment (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) programmes, as part of European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS), or linked to University-recognised credit-bearing pathways. Informally, training courses have also been used by many individuals when evidencing professional portfolios, for example towards CMI, ILM, PDP and Chartered status.

Researcher Focused

Fistral courses provide transferable skills that are directly applicable for researchers at any level. Tools and techniques can be applied to work immediately on return to desk or lab. The usefulness and relevance of the training is evidenced in the excellent feedback we receive from HEIs, Doctoral Colleges, ETNs, DTCs, ITNs, CDTs and staff working in international research organisations.

Our CAPM and PMP Project Management certification pathways are particularly popular with PhDs and all researchers as they provide a route to globally recognised, industry-aligned, professional certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

In addition, other courses particularly popular with CDTs, Doctoral Colleges, ETNs, ITNs, ECRs and MCAs that are specifically contextualised for research include:

  • Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques;
  • Advanced Research Team Leadership;
  • Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD: Time Management Strategies;
  • Professional Communication Skills;
  • Releasing Your Research Leadership Potential;
  • Practical Leadership: Getting the Best out of Your Team;
  • Influencing without Authority: Using Personal Power to Persuade & Convince Others;
  • Research Project Management & Planning for Uncertainty; and
  • Managing Complex Research Projects

We also provide some courses aimed solely at PhD students. For example for first-years – Kick-start Your PhD, Control Your PhD and Keeping on Top of Your PhD – and for final year PhDs – Finishing your PhD on Time.Contact Us for more information.

Space Focused

Our practical transferable skills courses for the Space Sector focus on best practice as well as the tools and techniques that we know work in this environment. Using over 10 years of experience with a wide range staff at all levels across a range of organisations at sites all over Europe, and supporting a variety of missions, the applicability and relevance of our consultancy and training can be seen in ongoing excellent feedback.

Our PMI-aligned Project Management courses are particularly popular in this sector, as is Agile PM, Leadership, Teamworking and Professional Communication. Fistral courses are contextualised for space, aerospace, energy and engineering, as well as delivered bespoke and tailored to the ESA environment.

Courses currently chosen by Space Sector and contextualised for partners cover topics such as:

  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • Leadership – for New Team Leaders and also more Advanced Leadership techniques
  • Professional Communication
  • Managing Difficult Behaviour and Challenging Situations
  • Time Management
  • Decision Making
  • Assertiveness

Courses can also be tailored to directly align and reference an organisation’s methodology or approach. Linked to the relevance and usefulness of the training we are often asked to deliver bespoke workshops for staff involved in projects and missions. Contact Us for more information.

“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...