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 that the university has invested in me! In that hiring a professional company as well as having such an experienced and excellent presenter. Money well spent!!"

Research staff, University of Aberdeen 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.

"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



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...

“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...

“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...

“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...

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’ 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...

4.63 for Fistral’s ‘Embracing Change’ webinar

4.63 for Fistral’s ‘Embracing Change’ webinar

We delivered an ‘Embracing Change’ training webinar to staff at The University of Dundee as part of their Organisational and...

Leading Teams Through Change – “I would recommend this course to my colleagues across the sector”

Leading Teams Through Change – “I would recommend this course to my colleagues across the sector”

We were given some fantastic and insightful feedback from staff at The University of Dundee who undertook our ‘Leading Teams...

CAPM webinar rates 4.83

CAPM webinar rates 4.83

A recent session was a final full-day training webinar to prepare attendees for the globally recognised CAPM exam from the...

“This was a great session” – Managing International Projects

“This was a great session” – Managing International Projects

A group from University of Liverpool - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Big Data Science - undertook our training...

“Project management is a PhD student’s best buddy”

“Project management is a PhD student’s best buddy”

The third and final part of our three-part Introduction to Project Planning webinar series was delivered today and given some...

“Thank you for going straight to the ‘Must Haves’ of this course”

“Thank you for going straight to the ‘Must Haves’ of this course”

We delivered parts 1 and 2 of our Introduction to Project Planning webinar series, ‘Establishing Foundations’ and ‘Scoping the Project’...

“Can honestly say this has been one of the best webinars I’ve attended” – Creating the Plan

“Can honestly say this has been one of the best webinars I’ve attended” – Creating the Plan

Our three-part 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series delivered to a group of research staff at Heriot-Watt University, finished with...

Scoping the Project webinar – 4.57 out of 5

Scoping the Project webinar – 4.57 out of 5

Our series of webinars introducing Project Management Planning continued with “Scoping the Project” webinar, the second online training delivered to...

All attendees would recommend ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

All attendees would recommend ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

We delivered a one day Project Planning webinar to a group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Doctoral...

“Thanks so much for a great day!” – Advanced Project Management

“Thanks so much for a great day!” – Advanced Project Management

A group from University College Cork undertook this last day of online training before the CAPM Prep day, where all...

Risk Management webinar – 4.75, all attendees said they “would recommend this session to a colleague”

Risk Management webinar – 4.75, all attendees said they “would recommend this session to a colleague”

A recent Risk Management webinar customised for the University College Cork, was extremely well received by the participants, and we...

“It really helps early career fellows.” – Research Staff comment, Project Planning webinar

“It really helps early career fellows.” – Research Staff comment, Project Planning webinar

We were delighted to be back with our first webinar of the year – Introduction to Project Planning (Part 1):...

PM webinar series – 100% of staff say “could be applied on return to desk/lab”

PM webinar series – 100% of staff say “could be applied on return to desk/lab”

A recent webinar series customised for the University of Bristol CREATE scheme was given an overall rating of 4.75 out...

4.75 – “Great sessions. Beautifully brought together in the last session. Nice job!”

4.75 – “Great sessions. Beautifully brought together in the last session. Nice job!”

Our tripartite 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series ends with part 3 "Creating the Plan". This brings all the tools...

“I have enjoyed every minute of each of [these Fistral webinars].” – 4.67

“I have enjoyed every minute of each of [these Fistral webinars].” – 4.67

The last webinar in our Introduction to Project Planning webinars held with the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stirling University...

“It helps [with] keeping time allocation realistic.” – Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD

“It helps [with] keeping time allocation realistic.” – Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD

Our Personal Time Management Strategies webinar was extremely well received by PhDs in the University of Strathclyde. Rating 4.79 out...

4.78 for Professional Communication Skills webinar

4.78 for Professional Communication Skills webinar

PCS is a very popular topics with researchers and all-staff, and this course was no different. Given 4.78 out of...

4.78 for Fistral’s Scoping the Project webinar

4.78 for Fistral’s Scoping the Project webinar

Part 2 in our 3-part series introducing Project Planning was extremely well received by participants in Edinburgh Napier University. The...

“Very useful. Wish I had this in my last job.” – Intro to PM Planning webinar

“Very useful. Wish I had this in my last job.” – Intro to PM Planning webinar

The second session in our 3-part PM Planning webinar series was held with the University of Stirling, Institute of Advanced...

“Introduction to PM Planning” webinar- 4.69 out of 5

“Introduction to PM Planning” webinar- 4.69 out of 5

Our series of webinars introducing Project Management Planning had been very popular over the past few months. The first in...

4.81 out of 5 – “Introduction to Project Planning Part 1: Establishing Foundations” webinar

4.81 out of 5 – “Introduction to Project Planning Part 1: Establishing Foundations” webinar

A recent research-focused PM webinar was held with the University of Stirling Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS). PhDs, librarians, RAs,...

100% of participants learned new tools and techniques – “Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments”

100% of participants learned new tools and techniques – “Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments”

The final session in our 3-part Influencing Skills series of webinars was very well received by participants. Liverpool Doctoral College...

“This is by far the best course I have ever attended throughout my PhD” – PM Planning webinar

“This is by far the best course I have ever attended throughout my PhD” – PM Planning webinar

The final webinar in our 3-part series on Project Management Planning was held with the University of Liverpool's Doctoral College....

4.72 for PM webinar – “It really is useful.”

4.72 for PM webinar – “It really is useful.”

Our face-to-face Project Management in the Real World 2-day course has been compacted to an online version during Covid-19. PhDs...

“These webinars have been a gem.” – 4.74 for Assertive Communication

“These webinars have been a gem.” – 4.74 for Assertive Communication

Liverpool University Doctoral College students on our Assertive Communication webinar gave great feedback and excellent ratings. 100% of the PGRs...