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]

"Will apply tools to my own role, gives me greater understanding of wider project management principles."

Staff member, Scottish Qualifications Authority 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.

"Very useful. Made [the] subject seem much easier than I've previously been taught. Good use of personal experience."

Staff member, AFRC 29th August 2018



“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...

“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 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...

“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...

“I wish I’d done this training earlier in my career”; “I’ll be able to apply this to my work.” – staff on PMRW

“I wish I’d done this training earlier in my career”; “I’ll be able to apply this to my work.” – staff on PMRW

We enjoyed a warm welcome at Loughborough University recently delivering Fistral’s Project Management in the Real World training to a...

“Useful in context of PhD” – CDT webinar feedback

“Useful in context of PhD” – CDT webinar feedback

We enjoyed delivering an on-site training session at the University of Manchester, iCAT Centre for Doctoral Training entitled Project Management...

4.75 for Intro to PM – “Trainer’s experience of PhD study gave a helpful insight into how the techniques demonstrated could be applied in our context.”

4.75 for Intro to PM – “Trainer’s experience of PhD study gave a helpful insight into how the techniques demonstrated could be applied in our context.”

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our webinar session Introduction to Project Management, part of the...

“A good session to help you start your PhD journey” – Introduction to Project Management

“A good session to help you start your PhD journey” – Introduction to Project Management

We welcomed a group of PhD students and a research fellow from the University of Strathclyde, to an online training...

“Informative and helpful”: Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship webinar

“Informative and helpful”: Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship webinar

We welcomed a cohort of mainly 1st and 3rd year PhD students at the University of Strathclyde to a webinar...

Project Management in the Real World onsite training – Rated 4.86 out of 5

Project Management in the Real World onsite training – Rated 4.86 out of 5

A group of PhD students from the University of Manchester Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT joined us onsite for a training...

“Applicable to PhD research but also in any future job” – Advanced Project Management

“Applicable to PhD research but also in any future job” – Advanced Project Management

Postgraduate Researchers and research staff from the University of Bath attended Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar. During this course, attendees...

“This course gives several tools to use in different circumstances” – Communication skills

“This course gives several tools to use in different circumstances” – Communication skills

PhD students at the University of Strathclyde logged on locally but also from as far away as Nigeria, Tanzania and...

“Very insightful” – Project Planning 1-4

“Very insightful” – Project Planning 1-4

We enjoyed hosting a mixed group of research students and staff from Napier University on our four-part Project Planning webinar...

“Demystifies the planning process” – Project Planning

“Demystifies the planning process” – Project Planning

We welcomed a group of PhD students from the University of Liverpool back to part three of Fistral’s Introduction to...

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.92 out of 5

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.92 out of 5

We hosted a group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde on Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar session. They...

“I highly recommend this class to PhD students” – Leadership and Teambuilding techniques

“I highly recommend this class to PhD students” – Leadership and Teambuilding techniques

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques online training course. The researchers...

“Really useful and applied to real life” – Risk Management webinar

“Really useful and applied to real life” – Risk Management webinar

We ran our Risk Management online training session for PhD students and research staff at the University of Bath. The...

“Useful, motivating and thought-provoking” – Supervisory relationship webinar feedback

“Useful, motivating and thought-provoking” – Supervisory relationship webinar feedback

PhD students at the University of Liverpool logged on to our online training session Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship. The...

“Practical tools provided” – Project Planning webinar

“Practical tools provided” – Project Planning webinar

PhD students at the University of Liverpool logged on to part two of Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning webinar course,...

Avoid Drifting Webinar – Rated 4.92 out of 5

Avoid Drifting Webinar – Rated 4.92 out of 5

Postgraduate researchers from the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s webinar entitled Taking Charge of Your Time: Avoid Drifting....

“Grounded in real-life practical issues” – Project Planning for PhDs

“Grounded in real-life practical issues” – Project Planning for PhDs

PhD students at the University of Liverpool logged on to part one of our Introduction to Project Planning webinar series,...

“The best workshop I’ve been to so far, hands down” – Project Management Course

“The best workshop I’ve been to so far, hands down” – Project Management Course

Postgraduate researchers at Heriot-Watt University attended all three parts of Fistral’s Project Management webinar course. The students were logging on...

“Can’t wait to start using the techniques!” – PM webinar

“Can’t wait to start using the techniques!” – PM webinar

We welcomed a group of staff from across the University of Dundee back with us to part three of Fistral’s...

4.79 for Risk Management

4.79 for Risk Management

PGRs at the University of Strathclyde logged on to a day of online training entitled Project Risk Management. The group...

4.75 – “Training was useful and really felt like it was tailored for academic/PhD setting”

4.75 – “Training was useful and really felt like it was tailored for academic/PhD setting”

We hosted a group of PhD students at the University of Strathclyde on a day of online training entitled Introduction...

“Useful tools to apply in research projects”, 4.70 rating from staff

“Useful tools to apply in research projects”, 4.70 rating from staff

We held a three-part Project Planning webinar series attended by staff from Heriot-Watt University. The series included sessions called Establishing...

“Toolkit now in place to make the most out of my PhD” – Time Management Training

“Toolkit now in place to make the most out of my PhD” – Time Management Training

We hosted PhD students from the University of Strathclyde to an online training course called Keeping on Top of Your...

Procrastination Busting helps PhDs “be aware of potential pitfalls and how to overcome them”

Procrastination Busting helps PhDs “be aware of potential pitfalls and how to overcome them”

We hosted a group of PhD students from Edinburgh Napier University on a webinar session entitled Getting Unstuck – Procrastination...

“Useful information for your PhD project” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Useful information for your PhD project” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students at the University of Strathclyde attended our three-part webinar training Introduction to Project Planning (Parts 1, 2 and...

LSE Space staff say Agile PM provides “Important and useful concepts” for Space projects

LSE Space staff say Agile PM provides “Important and useful concepts” for Space projects

Space agency staff joined us recently for a webinar session Agile Product Management: An Introduction Using Scrum. The staff gave...

Agile PM is “Very useful” for UK Catapult staff, 100% would recommend

Agile PM is “Very useful” for UK Catapult staff, 100% would recommend

Fistral hosted a group of staff at one of the UK’s Catapult Centres – Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult (ORE) for a webinar...

Senior research staff say Managing Complex Projects is “Definitely worth attending”

Senior research staff say Managing Complex Projects is “Definitely worth attending”

We welcomed senior research staff at the University of Warwick back to part two of our training Advanced Techniques for Managing...

Resilience Building webinar -“It’s given me a new perspective on how I approach my PhD”

Resilience Building webinar -“It’s given me a new perspective on how I approach my PhD”

PhD students at Edinburgh Napier University logged on to Fistral’s webinar entitled Surviving the Long Haul: Resilience Building. The students...

“Immediately applicable” for CDTs – Introduction to Project Planning

“Immediately applicable” for CDTs – Introduction to Project Planning

We hosted a group of PhD students from the University of Bath for an online training session Introduction to Project...

4.92, Planning for Uncertainty – “This is probably the only project planning course to learn all you need to for any research work”

4.92, Planning for Uncertainty – “This is probably the only project planning course to learn all you need to for any research work”

PGRs at University of Ulster Doctoral College logged into the fourth and final session of Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning...

“The tools explained could be really useful for e.g. grant proposal writing” – Managing Complex Research Projects

“The tools explained could be really useful for e.g. grant proposal writing” – Managing Complex Research Projects

We hosted a webinar session called Advanced Techniques for Managing Complex Research Projects (Part 1) for senior research staff at...

Introduction to Project Planning (Part Three) – 5 out of 5

Introduction to Project Planning (Part Three) – 5 out of 5

PhD students at University of Ulster Doctoral College logged into the third consecutive session in our Introduction to Project Planning...

Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship – “It will help not only develop your relationship with your supervisor but understand what type of student you are too”

Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship – “It will help not only develop your relationship with your supervisor but understand what type of student you are too”

We hosted a group of PhD students from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College on a webinar session entitled Creating...

“Great for getting off the ground with PhD” – 4.81 for Intro to Project Planning (Part Two)

“Great for getting off the ground with PhD” – 4.81 for Intro to Project Planning (Part Two)

PhD students at University of Ulster Doctoral College logged into part two of our Introduction to Project Planning webinar series....