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]

"Tools that can be applied to real work and interactions, actual examples for situations that you wouldn't think about normally, kept attention throughout."

EngD student, University of Manchester 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.

"This has to be the most useful and enjoyable course that I have attended. I love the structure of course with lots of practical involvement in exercises working in teams. This is in stark contrast to most of the courses I have attended with PowerPoint slide after slide. I feel that I now want to use what I have learned and put to use asap."

Staff member, University College Cork 29th August 2018



“Very useful to kick off your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 2

“Very useful to kick off your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 2

A group of PhD students at the University of Ulster joined us once more for part two of our four-part...

“Very applicable to a PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 1

“Very applicable to a PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 1

We welcomed PhD students at the University of Ulster to part one of our four-part Introduction to Project Planning webinar...

“A useful mix of practical skills” – PM techniques for research

“A useful mix of practical skills” – PM techniques for research

Academic staff at the University of Bristol joined us online for Parts 1 & 2 of a webinar series entitled...

“Engaging and interactive” – Time Mgt Strategies 4.89

“Engaging and interactive” – Time Mgt Strategies 4.89

We welcomed a group of phD students from the University of Strathclyde to an onsite training course Keeping on Top...

“Tools to create a PhD plan” – Intro to Project Planning 4.91

“Tools to create a PhD plan” – Intro to Project Planning 4.91

PhD students at the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning webinar session. The group gave...

“Incredibly helpful” – 4.81 Intro to Project Planning

“Incredibly helpful” – 4.81 Intro to Project Planning

PhD students at the University of Manchester logged on to a Fistral webinar session Introduction to Project Planning. The group...

“Very useful for PhD” – Project Management in the Real World

“Very useful for PhD” – Project Management in the Real World

Fistral delivered an onsite training course at the University of Strathclyde, entitled Project Management in the Real World. The Attendees,...

“Great techniques to take away” – Introduction to PM

“Great techniques to take away” – Introduction to PM

Fistral ran an onsite training session for PhD students at the University of Manchester entitled Introduction to Project Management. The...

“I have already recommended this training session to colleagues” – Intro to PM

“I have already recommended this training session to colleagues” – Intro to PM

We met a great group of PhD students onsite at the University of Manchester and delivered a training session, Introduction...

“Very relevant” – Introduction to Project Management webinar

“Very relevant” – Introduction to Project Management webinar

Fistral welcomed a group from the University of Bath to a webinar training session entitled Introduction to Project Management. The...

PhD student -“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“

PhD student -“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“

A group from the University of Strathclyde Internship Programme logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management webinar session. The...

“Especially useful for the research environment” – Introduction to PM

“Especially useful for the research environment” – Introduction to PM

Attendees from the University of Strathclyde Internship Programme joined us online for webinar training entitled Introduction to Project Management. The...

“Really practical [PMRW] session with good use of evidence and experience” say Uni staff

“Really practical [PMRW] session with good use of evidence and experience” say Uni staff

We enjoyed delivering an onsite training course to a group of staff at Loughborough University entitled Project Management in the...

100% of Space Sector attendees recommend Leadership Skills – rating 4.75 out of 5

100% of Space Sector attendees recommend Leadership Skills – rating 4.75 out of 5

Space sector staff joined us online for a webinar entitled Leadership Skills and Techniques for New Team Leaders. The group...

“Essential information for managing projects” – PM Techniques for Research

“Essential information for managing projects” – PM Techniques for Research

Research staff at the University of Bristol joined us online for a webinar session entitled Project Management Techniques for Planning...

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM webinar rates 4.71

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM webinar rates 4.71

Staff at the University of Bristol logged on to Part Two of Fistral’s Project Management Techniques for Planning Your Research...

“Really applicable to PhD life” – Procrastination Busting

“Really applicable to PhD life” – Procrastination Busting

Fistral ran an online training session Get Unstuck: Procrastination Busting for PhD students from the NINE DTP hosted by the...

“Useful, relevant and well delivered” – PM Webinar Part One

“Useful, relevant and well delivered” – PM Webinar Part One

Staff at the University of Bristol logged on to Part One of Fistral’s Project Management Techniques for Planning Your Research...

“Good in-depth overview” – CAPM prep webinar

“Good in-depth overview” – CAPM prep webinar

A group from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems & Structures, from both the Universities...

“Very helpful in preparing for CAPM Exam” – Webinar feedback

“Very helpful in preparing for CAPM Exam” – Webinar feedback

Postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar session. The group gave the session...

“Perfect to do before PhD” – Project Management in the Real World for CDT

“Perfect to do before PhD” – Project Management in the Real World for CDT

Fistral delivered an onsite training session called Project Management in the Real World at the University of Exeter – XM2...

“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – 5 out of 5 for Managing Complex Research Projects

“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – 5 out of 5 for Managing Complex Research Projects

Research staff at the University of Warwick joined us for a webinar entitled Advanced Techniques for Managing Complex Research Projects....

“Lots to put into practise” – PM Essentials for Researchers

“Lots to put into practise” – PM Essentials for Researchers

Doctoral College Staff at the University of Exeter logged on to Part 4 of Fistral’s Project Management Essentials for Researchers...

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.7

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.7

We welcomed a group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde to an online training session Advanced Project Management....

“Real-life examples shared by an experienced project manager” – 5/5 for Advanced Techniques webinar

“Real-life examples shared by an experienced project manager” – 5/5 for Advanced Techniques webinar

Staff at the University of Warwick logged on to Part One of Fistral’s training webinar series entitled Advanced Techniques for...

“Will transform the way I work” – PM Essentials for Researchers 4.72

“Will transform the way I work” – PM Essentials for Researchers 4.72

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Exeter logged on to Part Three of our training webinar Project Management Essentials for...

“Very useful for teambuilding” – Leadership & teambuilding webinar 4.71

“Very useful for teambuilding” – Leadership & teambuilding webinar 4.71

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde joined us online for a webinar session entitled Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques. The...

“An epiphany” – Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC

“An epiphany” – Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC

Fistral welcomed a group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Ulster Doctoral College to an online training session Maximising...

“Really important for PhD students” – Risk Management rated 4.70

“Really important for PhD students” – Risk Management rated 4.70

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde across all three years logged onto Fistral’s webinar session Risk Management. The group...

“It’s a must for researchers” – Introduction to Project Planning

“It’s a must for researchers” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students at the University of Bath joined us for a webinar session entitled Introduction to Project Planning. The group...

“Helpful for planning your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning

“Helpful for planning your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning

Fistral welcomed a group of PGRs from the University of Strathclyde to a webinar session entitled Introduction to Project Planning....

“More useful than the average training session” – Advanced Project Management 4.67

“More useful than the average training session” – Advanced Project Management 4.67

A mix of research staff and students at the University of Bath logged on to Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar...

“Not only applies to work, could be applied to everything in life” – Risk Management 4.83

“Not only applies to work, could be applied to everything in life” – Risk Management 4.83

We welcomed a group of PGRs and research staff from the University of Bath to our Risk Management online training...

CAPM Prep webinar – 5 out of 5

CAPM Prep webinar – 5 out of 5

We welcomed a group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar session. This session...

“Useful and applicable”- Advanced Project Management 4.78

“Useful and applicable”- Advanced Project Management 4.78

A group of PhD students at the University of Strathclyde joined us online for a webinar entitled Advanced Project Management....

Introduction to Project Planning – 100% of CDT Attendees would recommend

Introduction to Project Planning – 100% of CDT Attendees would recommend

We welcomed a group of PhD students at the University of Bristol ACCIS Centre for Doctoral Training, on Parts 1-4...

UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2022 – Fistral highlights

UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2022 – Fistral highlights

Fistral were delighted to present the closing workshop of NSSC2022 conference, the 34th conference for students interested and active in...

CAPM Preparation webinar – Rated ‘Very Good’ by CDT

CAPM Preparation webinar – Rated ‘Very Good’ by CDT

PhD students at the University of Manchester iCAT Centre for Doctoral Training, logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation training course...

“A must for Researchers and Project Managers” – Intro to Project Planning 4.80

“A must for Researchers and Project Managers” – Intro to Project Planning 4.80

Postgraduate researchers and research staff at the University of Bath logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning webinar, some...

“In academia or working for a company, it would be useful to take into account and prevent the risks of any type of project.” – 4.73 for Risk Management

“In academia or working for a company, it would be useful to take into account and prevent the risks of any type of project.” – 4.73 for Risk Management

Postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde undertook Fistral’s Risk Management online training session. The group gave the training an...

“Recommended! Lots of transferable skills.” – PM at the University of Manchester

“Recommended! Lots of transferable skills.” – PM at the University of Manchester

PhD students at the University of Manchester, mainly in their first years, logged on to Fistrals’ Introduction to Project Planning...

“Very informative and instructive” – Influencing without Authority

“Very informative and instructive” – Influencing without Authority

Postgraduate researchers from the University of Ulster logged on to Fistral’s Influencing Without Authority online training. The group gave the...

“Very useful for your research” – Project Planning rated 4.75

“Very useful for your research” – Project Planning rated 4.75

A cohort from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning webinar training. The group consisted...

Time Management for PhD – Rated 4.85

Time Management for PhD – Rated 4.85

PhD students at the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s Keeping on Top of Your PhD: Personal Time Management...

“Super useful in order to pass the exam” – CAPM Training

“Super useful in order to pass the exam” – CAPM Training

A group of postgraduate students and research staff at the University of Bath joined us for a CAPM Preparation webinar...

4.81 – “I’m excited to fully apply these [PM] techniques to my PhD”

4.81 – “I’m excited to fully apply these [PM] techniques to my PhD”

PhD students at the University of Manchester logged on to our popular Introduction to Project Planning webinar session. The group...

“Many things I can apply” – Decision Making webinar for the Space sector

“Many things I can apply” – Decision Making webinar for the Space sector

Fistral and LSE Space GmbH hosted a group of staff from the SSC group to an online training course Decision...

“Gave me confidence for the rest of my PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning 4.81

“Gave me confidence for the rest of my PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning 4.81

A group of Postgraduate Researchers and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Introduction...

“100% worth doing” – 4.90/5 for CAPM Prep course

“100% worth doing” – 4.90/5 for CAPM Prep course

A cohort of PhD students at the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar training session. The group gave...

“Training applicable for a PhD student” – Intro to Project Planning

“Training applicable for a PhD student” – Intro to Project Planning

PhD students in their first and second years at the University of Manchester logged on to our online training session...