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]

"I feel this course is really useful to the researcher and others who are beginners in their career."

Staff member, AFRC 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.

Whether onsite or online, 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.

During Covid-19 Fistral is giving free access to videos on Project Management – please share this with your network, family, friends, colleagues, classmates…

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 via onsite, online or blended provision; we adhere to best practice; and the Fistral team regularly support individuals in achieving professional Certification.

"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."

Researcher Development Manager, University of Strathclyde 29th August 2018



Understanding and Working with your Time Management Style – 4.63

Understanding and Working with your Time Management Style – 4.63

We hosted Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc on our ‘Understanding and Working with Your Time Management Style’ webinar. This course helps...

“Brilliant session” – Risk Management 4.67

“Brilliant session” – Risk Management 4.67

A group of Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc, recently completed their fifth part of Fistral’s online Project Management webinar series, ‘Risk Management’. Teagasc...

Professional Communication Skills Webinar – rated 4.82 by PhDs

Professional Communication Skills Webinar – rated 4.82 by PhDs

Fistral’s ‘Professional Communication Skills’ online training was attended by PhD students at the University of Strathclyde, who rated the course...

Instructor 5 out of 5 and 4.96 overall – Advanced PM

Instructor 5 out of 5 and 4.96 overall – Advanced PM

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s ‘Advanced Project Management’ webinar, part of the CAPM training...

“My view on GANTT has been forever shifted” – PM Planning attendee

“My view on GANTT has been forever shifted” – PM Planning attendee

We hosted a group from University of Bath Doctoral College and Researcher Development on our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar....

‘Creating the Plan’ – 100% will put their PM learning into practice

‘Creating the Plan’ – 100% will put their PM learning into practice

Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority based in Ireland, completed Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar...

Leadership and Team Building Techniques webinar – “It was really amazing”

Leadership and Team Building Techniques webinar – “It was really amazing”

Fistral’s ‘Leadership and Team Building Techniques’ webinar was recently delivered to a group of PGRs at the University of Strathclyde,...

Centres for Doctoral Training – 100% would recommend ‘Planning for Uncertainty”

Centres for Doctoral Training – 100% would recommend ‘Planning for Uncertainty”

PhD students from two Centre’s for Doctoral Training (CDT) at the University of Bristol, attended all four sessions to complete...

“Very insightful” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Very insightful” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students at the University of Liverpool Doctoral College completed the third and final part of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project...

4.70 – Risk Management Webinar

4.70 – Risk Management Webinar

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Researcher Development Programme undertook Fistral’s ‘Risk Management’ online training recently.  This webinar is...

“Excellent series of sessions” – CAPM Prep Day 4.88

“Excellent series of sessions” – CAPM Prep Day 4.88

Researchers and PGRs from the University of Bath Doctoral college rounded off their CAPM training online recently, which they’d started...

“That was brilliant” – Scoping the Project webinar for Post Docs

“That was brilliant” – Scoping the Project webinar for Post Docs

Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, recently undertook part two of our online training series ‘Introduction...

“Very useful” – Introduction to Project Planning course for staff

“Very useful” – Introduction to Project Planning course for staff

Staff from the University of Bath Student Union attended our trio of webinars ‘Introduction to Project Planning: Parts 1, 2...

Risk Management webinar – 4.74

Risk Management webinar – 4.74

Uncertainty is inherent in any project, which makes it difficult to plan. This uncertainly is called risk. PhD students from...

4.79 out of 5 – “A great session”

4.79 out of 5 – “A great session”

Participants from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College, scored our “Introduction to Project Planning’ (part 2) webinar, 4.79 out of...

‘Stress Hardiness’ webinar – 100% would recommend to a colleague

‘Stress Hardiness’ webinar – 100% would recommend to a colleague

PhD students and Post Doctoral Research Assistants at The University of Bristol ACCIS and CoSem Centres for Doctoral Training attended...

Doctoral College – CAPM rates ‘Excellent’ for trainer, 4.91 overall

Doctoral College – CAPM rates ‘Excellent’ for trainer, 4.91 overall

A group from the University of Bath Doctoral College and Research and Innovation Services who we met previously in person...

Introduction to Project Planning rated 4.69

Introduction to Project Planning rated 4.69

Our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar was rated 4.69 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), by a group from the...

“Honestly the best webinar I had this year” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Honestly the best webinar I had this year” – Introduction to Project Planning

We had a great group from the University of Bath Doctoral College join us for an ‘Introduction to Project Planning’...

Doctoral College group rate session 4.93 out of 5

Doctoral College group rate session 4.93 out of 5

A group of PhD students working their way through our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series, completed the course recently...

Establishing Foundations webinar – ‘An insightful session’

Establishing Foundations webinar – ‘An insightful session’

PhD students across all years of study from the University of Liverpool attended our ‘Establishing Foundations’ webinar. The session is...

Doctoral College – Fistral Instructor rated ‘Excellent’

Doctoral College – Fistral Instructor rated ‘Excellent’

PhD students from two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT’s) at the University of Bristol completed our Introduction to Project Planning...

“Wish I had done this for my PhD work” – Teagasc PostDoc comment

“Wish I had done this for my PhD work” – Teagasc PostDoc comment

Post-Doctoral Researchers from various different specialty areas at Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, attended part one of our...

“You hardly notice the time pass when you’re so engaged with the material” – Research Staff, 4.89

“You hardly notice the time pass when you’re so engaged with the material” – Research Staff, 4.89

Staff at the University of Dundee logged on for Part Three of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning for Researchers’ webinar...

Scoping the Project webinar “Built on Part 1 perfectly” said staff

Scoping the Project webinar “Built on Part 1 perfectly” said staff

We hosted staff at the University of Dundee online for Part Two of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series,...

“It helped me focus and tailor my research objectives” – Project Planning Part 2

“It helped me focus and tailor my research objectives” – Project Planning Part 2

Researchers at the University of Dundee attended part two of Fistral’s 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series recently. Entitled ‘Scoping...

“A very informative session” – Doctoral College rating of 4.73

“A very informative session” – Doctoral College rating of 4.73

PhD students from Strathclyde University Doctoral College attended part two of our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ training. Entitled ‘Scoping the...

‘Creating the Plan’ contextualised for PGRs

‘Creating the Plan’ contextualised for PGRs

PhD students from Ulster University Doctoral College recently attended the final session in our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ series. This...

100% from EPSRC CDT would recommend ‘Risk Management’

100% from EPSRC CDT would recommend ‘Risk Management’

PhD students at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based at the University of Exeter completed Fistral’s ‘Risk Management’ webinar....

“Brilliant sessions” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Brilliant sessions” – Introduction to Project Planning

Our three part ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series concluded for a group of staff from the CLEAR programme at...

Staff say Project Planning offers – “Lots of tips and tricks”

Staff say Project Planning offers – “Lots of tips and tricks”

Staff at the University of Dundee participated in part one of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series, as part...

“As a researcher, I’m finding the tools very useful” – Scoping the Project webinar

“As a researcher, I’m finding the tools very useful” – Scoping the Project webinar

Academic and research staff from the CLEAR programme at the University of Bristol took part in the second of our...

4.73 -“Amazing as usual” – Introduction to Project Planning

4.73 -“Amazing as usual” – Introduction to Project Planning

A group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme attended the first part of...

“Very helpful” – ‘Establishing Foundations’ Project Planning webinar

“Very helpful” – ‘Establishing Foundations’ Project Planning webinar

Academic and research staff from the CLEAR programme at the University of Bristol (including one person logging on from Argentina!)...

Space industry training – “Very useful”

Space industry training – “Very useful”

Space engineering professionals from ATG Europe BV based in The Netherlands attended our bespoke online training ‘Project Management Principles Level...

Introduction to Project Planning rates 4.74 out of 5

Introduction to Project Planning rates 4.74 out of 5

Our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series continued with Part 2: ‘Scoping the Project’, delivered to a group from the...

4.90 – “I will implement a number of these strategies”

4.90 – “I will implement a number of these strategies”

A group of PhD students from Queen’s University Belfast finished the third and final part of the ‘Introduction to Project...

‘Scoping the Project’ – 100% of attendees would recommend

‘Scoping the Project’ – 100% of attendees would recommend

PhD students at Ulster University logging in from Qatar and Lebanon joined their Northern Ireland based colleagues for part two...

4.75 for ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

4.75 for ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

A group of PhD students at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based at the University of...

4.80 – Project Planning for Researchers

4.80 – Project Planning for Researchers

Researchers from the University of Dundee joined us for Part One of Fistral’s ‘Project Planning for Researchers’ online training. This...

“Very helpful” – Project Planning for Researchers webinar

“Very helpful” – Project Planning for Researchers webinar

A group of staff from the University of Dundee took part in the first of our four part ‘Project Planning...

“Your lecture was very inspiring” – Personal Time Management Strategies

“Your lecture was very inspiring” – Personal Time Management Strategies

We had an incredibly international group of attendees on our 'Keeping on Top of Your PhD or Research: Personal Time...

“You can’t afford to miss this!” – Project Planning series rates 4.91

“You can’t afford to miss this!” – Project Planning series rates 4.91

Research staff and PhD students at Napier University undertook all three parts of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series....

‘Leading and Motivating your Team Members’ – 5 out of 5

‘Leading and Motivating your Team Members’ – 5 out of 5

We recently delivered our ‘Leading and Motivating your Team Members ’ online training to staff from the University of Dundee as...

Leading Teams webinar – “A wonderful informative session”

Leading Teams webinar – “A wonderful informative session”

A group of staff from the University of Dundee participated in our webinar entitled ‘Leading and Motivating Your Team Members.’...

“Awesome session” – Project Planning webinar

“Awesome session” – Project Planning webinar

Ulster University PhD students undertook the first part of our Project Planning webinar series; ‘Establishing Foundations’. The group gave the...

4.77 overall – “A very useful session” Project Planning webinar

4.77 overall – “A very useful session” Project Planning webinar

A group of students from the Graduate School at Queen’s University Belfast in various different years of their PhD study,...

Space industry Project Management training rated 4.75

Space industry Project Management training rated 4.75

Our webinar series ‘Project Management Principles Level 2’, was given an overall feedback rating by attendees of 4.75 out of...

Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances – 4.83

Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances – 4.83

Staff from the University of Dundee gave a fantastic overall feedback score of 4.83 out of 5 (5 being Excellent)...

‘Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances’ Webinar rated 4.50

‘Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances’ Webinar rated 4.50

A group of staff from the University of Dundee attended our training webinar “Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances” as part...