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]

"Excellent tutor. Was able to make project management accessible."

EngD Student, University of Manchester 25th 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.

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; we adhere to best practice; and the Fistral team regularly support individuals in achieving professional Certification.

"Brilliant, fascinating, concise. Well lectured. Learned a lot!"

Staff member, Loughborough University 29th August 2018



4.86 out of 5 – Resilience Building for PhD webinar

4.86 out of 5 – Resilience Building for PhD webinar

We were delighted when, once again, our webinars were rated 4.86 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), with participants taking...

“…I have heard about certain concepts in some workshops but I didn’t find much meaning like I have today. Very useful…” – Kick-Off Your PhD webinar

“…I have heard about certain concepts in some workshops but I didn’t find much meaning like I have today. Very useful…” – Kick-Off Your PhD webinar

'Kick-Off Your PhD: Understanding Your Project' webinar is the first in a series of four aimed at supporting first-year PhDs...

4.86 overall – “Planning for Uncertainty” webinar; trainer given 5 out of 5!

4.86 overall – “Planning for Uncertainty” webinar; trainer given 5 out of 5!

We were delighted when our "Planning for Uncertainty" webinar was given such a high rating. PGR/PhD researchers at Edinburgh Napier...

“Assertive Communication” – 100% would attend more Fistral webinars

“Assertive Communication” – 100% would attend more Fistral webinars

Our first outing of this webinar for QUB was very well received by researchers. A full-house rated the session 4.34...

4.84 – another successful Fistral webinar!

4.84 – another successful Fistral webinar!

Our two Risk Management webinars were run back-to-back last week for researchers and PhD students at the University of Strathclyde....

Procrastination Busting webinar rates 4.50 out of 5 from PhDs

Procrastination Busting webinar rates 4.50 out of 5 from PhDs

A recent webinar - Getting Unstuck: Procrastination Busting Techniques - held with Edinburgh Napier University received lots of positive comments...

“This is great for a web seminar, lots better than others I’ve attended.” – 4.75 for Risk

“This is great for a web seminar, lots better than others I’ve attended.” – 4.75 for Risk

The first outing of our two live Risk webinars was extremely well received, with participants at the University of Strathclyde...

More free transferable skills training videos from Fistral online now

More free transferable skills training videos from Fistral online now

A new set of our free videos is now available on the Fistral website. All videos remain completely free during...

Project Management Webinar – 4.47 out of 5 overall, 80% say “This was a useful session”

Project Management Webinar – 4.47 out of 5 overall, 80% say “This was a useful session”

Our first PM webinar, held as part of the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) programme at the University of Strathclyde, was...

PM “demystified” – NEW FREE Videos uploaded

PM “demystified” – NEW FREE Videos uploaded

As promised, and following-on from our first set of free online Project Management videos, we now have new 'shots' of...

FREE – Fistral PM Videos available online now

FREE – Fistral PM Videos available online now

During Covid-19 everyone is pulling together to help where they can, and the Fistral team is doing our bit too....

Fistral Project Management Webinars Released

Fistral Project Management Webinars Released

Fistral Project Management webinars are now available - with more coming on this and other topics coming soon! PM webinars...

Fistral FREE PM Coaching/Mentoring for work linked to Covid-19

Fistral FREE PM Coaching/Mentoring for work linked to Covid-19

In addition to access to free PM Videos, the Fistral Team is offering 'pro bono' trainer time. This is for...

“Tools for use in real life scenarios were very useful as seeing the practical application makes it easier to see how it can be used in own role.” – 4.9 for Business Analysis

“Tools for use in real life scenarios were very useful as seeing the practical application makes it easier to see how it can be used in own role.” – 4.9 for Business Analysis

Our Business Analysis course held for staff at the University of Dundee received excellent comments and ratings. Run with the...

Clap for Carers – 8pm, Thu 26th March 2020

Clap for Carers – 8pm, Thu 26th March 2020

We can all show support for NHS staff, care workers, and all who continue to support us during this pandemic...

Fistral Webinars available now

Fistral Webinars available now

Fistral have been working hard to develop the following webinars in order to support customers and course participants during Covid-19....

Fistral “Virtual” Office open

Fistral “Virtual” Office open

In response to the office closing, the whole Fistral team – like most organisations around the globe – are working...

Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques – “Totally recommend”

Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques – “Totally recommend”

A group from Exeter University's CDT in Metamaterials (XM2), rated our Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques 2-day course as 4.55 out...

Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

Fistral want to send their thoughts and best wishes to all those who are suffering, or supporting loved ones, during...

“Was really relevant to be able to plan better my PhD project, overcome risks, problems and handle them.” – PMRW

“Was really relevant to be able to plan better my PhD project, overcome risks, problems and handle them.” – PMRW

Earlier this month we delivered our flagship Project Management in the Real World 2-day course at the University of Manchester....

4.69 – Managing Complex Research Projects

4.69 – Managing Complex Research Projects

A group of researcher staff from three Scottish Universities attended our Managing Complex Research Projects session held in Edinburgh Napier...

Control Your PhD – “Definitely recommend to other students. Also transferable to my ‘real life’ role.”

Control Your PhD – “Definitely recommend to other students. Also transferable to my ‘real life’ role.”

At the start of March the Fistral team delivered two sessions on Controlling Your PhD: Part One: Introduction to Project...

4.95 out of 5 – “I’m going to plan the final stages of my PhD more thoroughly using techniques provided.  I feel more confident I can plan and finish on time now.”

4.95 out of 5 – “I’m going to plan the final stages of my PhD more thoroughly using techniques provided. I feel more confident I can plan and finish on time now.”

The University of Bath Doctoral College researchers and PGRs attended our Introduction to Project Management and Intermediate Project Management courses...

Decision-Making: “Worth it and valuable to our everyday work/life.” LSE staff

Decision-Making: “Worth it and valuable to our everyday work/life.” LSE staff

Out 3-day Decision-Making course in Germany was compacted to 2 days due to heavy snow storms meaning flights were unable...

Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) rate Introduction to PM 4.40

Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) rate Introduction to PM 4.40

We've been working with the University of Bristol's Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) for many years now,...

4.91 & 4.81 – UCC staff: “I’ve done a lot of PM training & refreshers but I think today was the most practical. Really valuable techniques.”

4.91 & 4.81 – UCC staff: “I’ve done a lot of PM training & refreshers but I think today was the most practical. Really valuable techniques.”

Our courses delivered with Staff Welfare & Development at University College Cork (UCC) once again got excellent ratings. Two practical...

Careers Office staff – Intermediate PM rated 4.81 out of 5

Careers Office staff – Intermediate PM rated 4.81 out of 5

A bespoke team session for Careers Office staff in University College Cork (UCC) at the start of the year got...

“This is the best training I have had through OPD … ” – University of Dundee staff

“This is the best training I have had through OPD … ” – University of Dundee staff

We were delighted when staff on the Introduction to Project Management course held with the University of Dundee rated the...

4.95 for PMRW from QUB

4.95 for PMRW from QUB

Our flagship course, Project Management in the Real World, was given a resounding thumbs up by students at Queen's University...

MSc group rate PMRW 4.88 out of 5

MSc group rate PMRW 4.88 out of 5

A group of MSc students at Queen's University Belfast gave our Project Management in the Real World 2-day course 4.88...

4.75 out of 5 – PM Principles Level 1, LSE Space GmbH

4.75 out of 5 – PM Principles Level 1, LSE Space GmbH

Project Management Principles Level 1 is a 4-day course contextualised for the Space sector. Having delivered it for many years...

“This is a really good course, and has helped me get a job in project management – can’t say better than that!” – CAPM series for Bath Doctoral College & Academic Staff Development

“This is a really good course, and has helped me get a job in project management – can’t say better than that!” – CAPM series for Bath Doctoral College & Academic Staff Development

The start of the year saw the end of our first series of CAPM training days at the University of...

EPSRC CDT gives 4.80 for ‘Advanced PM’ and ‘CAPM Preparation Day’

EPSRC CDT gives 4.80 for ‘Advanced PM’ and ‘CAPM Preparation Day’

The University of Strathclyde's Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks & Smart Grids, in partnership with Imperial College...

Bespoke PM course rates 4.83 out of 5

Bespoke PM course rates 4.83 out of 5

Established in 2011 by uniting the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and SCRI (Scottish Crop Research Institute), the James Hutton...

‘Advanced Project Management’ rates 4.74

‘Advanced Project Management’ rates 4.74

Researchers in the University of Bath attended our Advanced PM course earlier this month as part of the CAPM suite...

Doctoral College rates Intro to PM courses 4.75 out of 5

Doctoral College rates Intro to PM courses 4.75 out of 5

The University of Ulster Doctoral College delivered 'Introduction to Project Management' for researchers in Jordanstown and Coleraine campuses, with both...

“Fantastic course.  Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot.  It should be compulsory for all PhD students and staff involved in research/budgets.”

“Fantastic course. Thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot. It should be compulsory for all PhD students and staff involved in research/budgets.”

Staff and researchers at Edinburgh Napier University gave our 'Project Management for Research' course a 4.61 out of 5 rating...

Space sector staff say – “Best spent training time in quite a while. Not that the other trainings were not good (they were excellent too) this was just outstanding.”

Space sector staff say – “Best spent training time in quite a while. Not that the other trainings were not good (they were excellent too) this was just outstanding.”

A recent Project Management Principles Level 1 course held at ESTEC was given excellent feedback and ratings by staff working...

“Important for my job.” – Fistral’s PM for Space course

“Important for my job.” – Fistral’s PM for Space course

The team were delivering our Level 2 Project Management Principles course at Frascati earlier this month, where ESA staff gave...

“Practical tools and advice given were really well targeted to be applied to any research.” – staff give IntroPM 4.81

“Practical tools and advice given were really well targeted to be applied to any research.” – staff give IntroPM 4.81

'Intro PM for Research' delivered with the University of Dundee's Organisational and Professional Development (OPD) department, was given a massive...

Intermediate PM – “Fantastic series of events, thank you very much to every one involved!”

Intermediate PM – “Fantastic series of events, thank you very much to every one involved!”

'Intermediate PM' is the second of 4 courses delivered in support of professional PM certification. Delivered at the end of...

“It was a great course. The instructor was very engaging and kept it interesting over the whole two days. One of the best training courses I’ve done.”

“It was a great course. The instructor was very engaging and kept it interesting over the whole two days. One of the best training courses I’ve done.”

'Introduction to Project Management', delivered with the University of Bath as part of our CAPM professional certification programme, was very...

“Excellent, I would recommend to everyone in the company from newly employed to the management team.” LSE Space staff member

“Excellent, I would recommend to everyone in the company from newly employed to the management team.” LSE Space staff member

Our most recent course delivered for LSE Space was very well received by staff working in the Space sector. 'Constructive...

4.60 from Space colleagues in Germany – “Speaker could explain and illustrate the concepts very well, using his many years of experience as examples.”

4.60 from Space colleagues in Germany – “Speaker could explain and illustrate the concepts very well, using his many years of experience as examples.”

Our 4-day PM course contextualised for the Space Sector - and ESA in particular - was once again given excellent...

Staff rate CAPM programme 4.79 out of 5 (5 being Excellent)

Staff rate CAPM programme 4.79 out of 5 (5 being Excellent)

Staff at the University of Dundee completed our full CAPM programme mid-month. Organisational and Professional Development supported staff through all...

4.77 – bespoke PM course for Buildings and Estates

4.77 – bespoke PM course for Buildings and Estates

A recent session held in University College Cork was delivered for the Buildings & Estates team. The UCC staff group...

4.77 – bespoke PM session for Buildings & Enterprise staff

4.77 – bespoke PM session for Buildings & Enterprise staff

A recent session held in University College Cork was delivered for the Buildings & Enterprise team. The UCC staff group...

4.88 and 4.67 – UCC staff rating for IntroPM

4.88 and 4.67 – UCC staff rating for IntroPM

We've been working for many years now with the Staff Welfare & Development team at UCC to run our CAPM...

I would recommend this to “Anyone in projects who doesn’t only do pure technical things.” – ESA staff member

I would recommend this to “Anyone in projects who doesn’t only do pure technical things.” – ESA staff member

Our 3-day PM course delivered bespoke for the European Space Agency in ESTEC hit the mark again, with Space Sector...

“Very useful insight into properly planning any research project.” – 4.93 and 4.97 for Intro and Intermediate PM

“Very useful insight into properly planning any research project.” – 4.93 and 4.97 for Intro and Intermediate PM

The Future Power Networks and Smart Grids CDT based in the University of Strathclyde and in partnership with Imperial College...