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 expected it to be dull and irrelevant and was pleasantly surprised as it was relevant and practical and high quality."

CAPM participant, University of Strathclyde 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



“Great training course” – Leadership and Team Building Techniques

“Great training course” – Leadership and Team Building Techniques

A group of Postgraduate Researchers attended our Leadership and Team Building Techniques webinar. The group are from the EPSRC Centre...

“Very useful” – Materials for Demanding Environments CDT

“Very useful” – Materials for Demanding Environments CDT

A cohort of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Manchester Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) CDT undertook our three-part Project...

100% would recommend webinar series

100% would recommend webinar series

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Manchester CDT in Integrated Catalysis completed all three parts of Fistral’s Project Management training....

“Could relate a lot to it from industry experience” – Manchester University CDT

“Could relate a lot to it from industry experience” – Manchester University CDT

Attendees from the University of Manchester Advanced BioMedical Materials CDT attended Fistral’s 'Introduction to Project Planning' and 'Risk Management' Webinars....

LSE Space staff – 100% would recommend the training and can apply the learning to their work

LSE Space staff – 100% would recommend the training and can apply the learning to their work

Staff at LSE Space GmbH logged on to Fistral’s Advanced Team Leadership online training course. As an independent space consultancy,...

Creating the Plan – “Best training I’ve ever had” – 4.71 overall

Creating the Plan – “Best training I’ve ever had” – 4.71 overall

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde logged on to the third part of our Introduction to Project Planning training,...

“A great session” – Scoping The Project 4.50

“A great session” – Scoping The Project 4.50

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde returned for part two of Fistral’s Project Management training course. This course prepares...

4.64 for Risk Management webinar

4.64 for Risk Management webinar

Research staff and students from the University of Bath undertook our 'Risk Management' online training, working towards sitting the CAPM...

CAPM webinar 4.58 from PGRs

CAPM webinar 4.58 from PGRs

Preparing for the globally recognised CAPM exam, Post Graduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde attended Part One of our...

Time Management Techniques for the Space sector

Time Management Techniques for the Space sector

Staff at LSE Space logged in to Fistral’s Time Management webinar. In this online course, participants learn their own personal...

4.68 for CAPM Prep day

4.68 for CAPM Prep day

Post-graduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde undertook Fistral’s CAPM preparation day online training. This course provides revision of the...

Procrastination Busting Techniques given “10 out of 10”

Procrastination Busting Techniques given “10 out of 10”

We hosted a group of Postgraduate researchers from the University of Bristol ACCIS/COSEM on a webinar entitled ‘Get Unstuck: Procrastination Busting Techniques’....

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...

4.96 overall, instructor 5 out of 5 – Advanced PM

4.96 overall, instructor 5 out of 5 – 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...

“Tips for use in real life situations” – OPD webinar

“Tips for use in real life situations” – OPD webinar

Our OPD sessions with staff at the University of Dundee continued with the second part of the ‘Influencing without Authority’...

“Most useful workshop I’ve been to” – Project Planning 5 out of 5

“Most useful workshop I’ve been to” – Project Planning 5 out of 5

Researchers at the University of Dundee attended part three of our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ series. Called ‘Creating the Plan’,...

“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...

“Very worthwhile” – Influencing Without Authority

“Very worthwhile” – Influencing Without Authority

As part of a series of OPD sessions from Fistral, staff at the University of Dundee logged on to our...

5 out of 5 for Establishing New Research Teams

5 out of 5 for Establishing New Research Teams

Staff from the University of Dundee attended our webinar ‘Good Foundations: Principles for Establishing Effective New Research Teams’. This course...

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...

“Useful concepts that I will put into practice” – Collaborating Effectively

“Useful concepts that I will put into practice” – Collaborating Effectively

Staff at the University of Dundee logged on to our ‘Collaborating Effectively’ training, part of the University’s OPD programme. This...

‘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’...

“Very engaging presenter” – Performance Management Webinar for staff

“Very engaging presenter” – Performance Management Webinar for staff

We delivered our webinar ‘Actively Managing Your Teams’ Performance to Avoid Performance Management Issues’ to staff at the University of...

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...

Research staff – ‘Planning for Uncertainty’ webinar 4.83

Research staff – ‘Planning for Uncertainty’ webinar 4.83

Staff at the University of Dundee joined us for Part 4 of our ‘‘Introduction to Project Planning for Researchers’ webinar...

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...