Pictured above, “The Kelpies” near Falkirk in Scotland, 30 miles from Fistral’s office in Glasgow

Fistral works with researchers, professional and support staff across Europe. For almost 20 years we have been specifically supporting HEIs and research-focused/knowledge-intensive organisations.

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

EngD Student, University of Manchester 25th August 2018

Fistral Training and Consultancy has been delivering Project Management (PM) training since 1991. Over these 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 we have been specifically supporting HEIs and research-focused/knowledge-intensive organisations.

Pictured above, “The Kelpies” near Falkirk in Scotland, 30 miles from Fistral’s office in Glasgow

Fistral Mission Statement:

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.

This vision is at the heart of everything we do. This practical ethos remains central to all of our work and is reflected in consistently excellent course & trainer ratings, as well as extremely positive participant & customer feedback.

Supporting Industry

The Fistral team has been involved in many major multi-million pound global projects, including assisting staff working in industries such as space, aerospace, information technology, local government, councils, nuclear, engineering, financial services, education, water, energy, health, housing, public-sector, third-sector and NGOs. Trainers regularly deliver for major organisations within these sectors in the UK, The Netherlands, German, Spain, France, Italy.

Consultants have worked and run projects in locations as diverse as Zurich, Shanghai, Johannesburg, New York, Ljubljana, Oslo and Geneva, as well as managing collaborative projects with locations including Hong Kong and Bangalore from the head office in Glasgow.

Supporting Research

Fistral has a strong and well-evidenced background in consultancy and training for researchers. From our very beginnings in 1991 we have worked with globally-recognised organisations and Universities to support research students and research staff at all levels

Our customer list shows the range of knowledge-intensive organisations and sectors we support: from the arts, health, humanities, agriculture and social sciences – to engineering, space, energy, materials and technology research. We work with many Russell Group Universities as well as globally and internationally recognised Training Networks and research-intensive organisations.

Supporting the Space Sector

With over 10 years’ experience within the Space Sector, Fistral has a wealth of understanding and practical expertise supporting all types of staff working on high-profile missions. Our customised suite of courses tailored specifically for Space and delivered with ESA and partners across Europe includes: Project Management, Risk Management, Agile Product Management, Team Leadership, Team Working, Advanced Leadership, Professional Communication, Assertiveness, Constructive Ways to Manage Difficult Behaviour, Time Management, Schedule Control, and Decision-Making skills.

Linked to the relevance and usefulness of the training, we are often asked to deliver bespoke workshops for staff involved in projects such as Galileo, Rosetta, and the International Space Station (ISS). For example, we have successfully delivered customised Risk Assessment workshops with live outputs for senior staff working on European Space Agency ATHENA and JUICE missions, and at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC). We also partner with organisations supporting the space sector such as LSE Space, HE Space, Terma, AOES and ATG.

The Fistral Team

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Fraser Robertson

Fraser, Director

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Rosie Doyle

Rosie, Associate

Fistral Training and Consultancy - David Bartholomew

Dave, Associate

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Catherine Lyden

Cath, Associate

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Pauline Donachy

Pauline, Customers

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Kay

Kay, Events

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Carol Thomson

Carol, Invoicing

Fistral Training and Consultancy - Dr Paul Lyden

Paul, Director

Why Fistral?

Ratings & Feedback are Consistently “Very Good” or “Excellent”

Fistral courses scored 4.70 overall in 2017-18 & 4.69 overall in 2018-19 (out of 5 , 5=Excellent, Sep-Aug).

We offer a unique partnership, commitment, understanding & focus on research-, university- public-sector and industry-specific issues

Fistral’s customer base list shows the range of organisations and sectors we support: from the arts, health, humanities, environmental, agriculture and social sciences – to engineering, space, nuclear, power, energy, materials and technology. We regularly support all levels of professional, research, support and administrative staff; from MSc and PhD level to CFOs and University President.

In addition to HR, OD and researcher development training, we work with specific departments such as library, careers, HR, estates, IT, student services, and procurement. Trainers have delivered for employees on high-profile projects such as CERN, Galileo, Rosetta and the International Space Station, and with partners supporting employees and internships at AWE, the Barnes Group, Boeing, EDF Energy, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and Unilever.

Expertise & Credible Reputation Across Europe

We have proven experience delivering practical training in many different, diverse sectors and within world-class organisations globally. Trainers work with many European University and industry partners, and support staff in national and international organisations such as DLR (German Aerospace), AOES Group BV, AURORA technology BV, LSE Space GmbH and BV, ATG Europe BV, and Terma GmbH, to deliver Leadership, Communication and Personal Effectiveness training as well as Project Management and Risk training for the European Space sector at sites across Europe.

Our high-quality work and strong reputation across Europe, and particularly with our partners in Ireland, has grown so much that in 2019 we were delighted to incorporate Fistral Training and Consultancy in Ireland.

Breadth of Disciplines, Sectors & Participants

Fistral’s customer base list shows the range of organisations and sectors we support: from the arts, health, humanities, environmental, agriculture and social sciences – to engineering, space, nuclear, power, energy, materials and technology.

We regularly support all levels of professional, research, support and administrative staff; from MSc and PhD level to CFOs and University President. As well as HR, OD and researcher development training, we work with specific departments such as library, careers, HR, estates, IT, student services, and procurement.

Many Russell Group Universities, Post-1992 Universities, Doctoral Colleges, DTCs, CDTs, Catapult Centres and other globally and internationally recognised Training Networks and research-intensive organisations across Europe choose Fistral.

Ease of Customisation & Certification

Courses can be taken off-the-shelf or adapted with minimal development to, for example: reflect a bespoke methodology; focus on areas of particular importance; or meet an industry or professional accreditation need.

Flexibility in Delivery, Approach & Complementing Existing Provision

Training can be delivered onsite, online or in blended format. With a range of expertise across our whole Product Suite, our provision can be adapted to complement a variety of audience needs and organisational approaches to training, as well as dovetailing and integrating easily and efficiently to complement existing programmes.

“As an innovation organisation [Agile PM] is a good insight into how we can improve our proposal and design development process”

“As an innovation organisation [Agile PM] is a good insight into how we can improve our proposal and design development process”

Staff at one of the UK's Catapult Centres - Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult (ORE) logged on to Fistral’s online training...

Time Management – LSE Space – 100% would recommend & 100% will be able to apply the learning

Time Management – LSE Space – 100% would recommend & 100% will be able to apply the learning

Staff at LSE Space GmbH logged on to our Time Management Strategies webinar. The space sector staff gave an overall...

5 out of 5 from UKRI CDT- Intro PM, onsite, “Actually shows how project management is useful to our process”

5 out of 5 from UKRI CDT- Intro PM, onsite, “Actually shows how project management is useful to our process”

Our first onsite course of the academic year was delivered to PGRs at the University of Bath. The UKRI CDT...

PM Planning – 100% of MSc group would recommend to a colleague

PM Planning – 100% of MSc group would recommend to a colleague

The final group of Masters-level students from Queen’s University Belfast MSC programme joined us for our one-day Introduction to Project...

“I wish we had done this a year ago!” – University Staff

“I wish we had done this a year ago!” – University Staff

Staff from the University of Dundee logged on to two Fistral webinar sessions “Introduction to Project Planning” and “Planning for...

“Loved it!” – Project Planning webinar 4.63

“Loved it!” – Project Planning webinar 4.63

MSc students from Queen’s University Belfast MSc programme attended a one-day Introduction to Project Planning webinar. The students gave the...

QUB MSc students give 4.65 for Project Planning

QUB MSc students give 4.65 for Project Planning

Postgraduate students from Queen’s University Belfast MSc programme attended Fistral's one-day Introduction to Project Planning webinar session. This session was...

BME ECRs – Building Resilience is “A very helpful session”

BME ECRs – Building Resilience is “A very helpful session”

A group of ECR staff and PhD students logged on to Fistral’s Building Resilience webinar, a follow-on skills training session...

BME ECR post-conference skills – 4.56 for Maximising Your Potential

BME ECR post-conference skills – 4.56 for Maximising Your Potential

Early career researchers (ECRs) and PhD students logged on to Fistral’s Maximising Your Potential webinar. This webinar was a follow-on...

“Brilliant as usual” – Collaboration webinar for BME ECRs

“Brilliant as usual” – Collaboration webinar for BME ECRs

BME ECRs logged on to our Collaborating Effectively With Others webinar, a follow-on training session held after the 5th BME...

Maximising your potential – 100% will put the learning into practice

Maximising your potential – 100% will put the learning into practice

Early career researchers (ECRs) from Universities and locations up and down the whole of the UK logged on to Fistral’s...

Research staff and students rate Project Planning 4.88 out of 5

Research staff and students rate Project Planning 4.88 out of 5

A mixed group of attendees from Edinburgh Napier University logged on to our four-part series for research staff and PGRs....

Edinburgh Napier University – Stress, Resilience, Procrastination Busting

Edinburgh Napier University – Stress, Resilience, Procrastination Busting

Fistral has welcomed attendees from Edinburgh Napier University on several recent online training sessions. Post-graduate researchers logged on to our...

The Powerful Communicator is “interesting and useful” – staff working in Space Sector

The Powerful Communicator is “interesting and useful” – staff working in Space Sector

Staff from LSE Space GmbH logged on to Fistral’s training webinar The Powerful Communicator. The group gave an overall feedback...

“Loads of great ideas which I am really excited about implementing” – PM Essentials for staff

“Loads of great ideas which I am really excited about implementing” – PM Essentials for staff

Research staff from the University of Warwick, logged on to the fourth and final of the Project Management Essentials series...

Space Sector staff give 4.80 for PM Principles skills training

Space Sector staff give 4.80 for PM Principles skills training

Staff at independent space consultancy LSE Space GmbH logged on to Fistral’s Project Management Principles - Level 1 training session....

Managing complex research projects for senior research staff – 4.61

Managing complex research projects for senior research staff – 4.61

Senior researchers at the University of Warwick continued the two-part series of webinars Managing Complex Research Projects logging on to...

Project Management Essentials for Research Staff – 4.58

Project Management Essentials for Research Staff – 4.58

Research staff from the University of Warwick logged on to the third session in the Project Management Essentials series of four...

4.71 “Super useful” – Procrastination Busting

4.71 “Super useful” – Procrastination Busting

PhD students at the University of Ulster Doctoral College, across three years of study, logged on to Fistral’s webinar session,...

4.75 – Avoid Drifting webinar

4.75 – Avoid Drifting webinar

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Liverpool Doctoral College logged on to Fistral’s webinar Taking Charge of Your Time: Avoid...

Project Management Essentials for Research Staff (Part 2)

Project Management Essentials for Research Staff (Part 2)

Research staff from the University of Warwick Researcher Development Programme logged on to the second session in the Project Management...

Managing Complex Projects for senior research staff (1/2)- 4.71

Managing Complex Projects for senior research staff (1/2)- 4.71

Senior research staff at the University of Warwick attended part one of a two-part Fistral webinar series Managing Complex Research...

“Should be mandatory” – Space sector attendee

“Should be mandatory” – Space sector attendee

Staff from the European Space Agency logged on to Fistral’s Project Management Principles Level 1 webinar. Comments from the group...

The Effective Teamworker in the Space sector – “Very well balanced, definitely applicable to real-life work situations.”

The Effective Teamworker in the Space sector – “Very well balanced, definitely applicable to real-life work situations.”

Staff from independent space consultancy LSE Space GmbH logged on to Fistral’s training webinar The Effective Teamworker. The group gave...

“Really useful things that I can take away and use for my work” – Time Management Strategies for researchers

“Really useful things that I can take away and use for my work” – Time Management Strategies for researchers

Attendees from the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College and Researcher Development programme logged on to Fistral’s Keeping on Top of...

“Great series of workshops” – 4.67 across all sessions

“Great series of workshops” – 4.67 across all sessions

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Ulster attended our four-part online training course; Introduction to Project Planning for researchers. Rating...

4.75 “Great as usual” – Risk Management webinar

4.75 “Great as usual” – Risk Management webinar

A mixed group of research staff and students from the University of Stirling logged on to Fistral’s two-part Risk Management...

“A burden lifted” – Procrastination for researchers webinar

“A burden lifted” – Procrastination for researchers webinar

PhD students at the University of Liverpool Doctoral College logged on to our Procrastination Busting webinar. This training provides attendees...

Procrastination Busting – 4.75

Procrastination Busting – 4.75

A group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College attended Fistral’s online training course ‘Procrastination Busting Techniques’....

“Really useful session” – PM Essentials 1/4

“Really useful session” – PM Essentials 1/4

A group from the University of Warwick Researcher Development Programme attended the first part of Fistral’s new Project Management series...

‘Collaborating with Others’ – 100% would recommend to a colleague

‘Collaborating with Others’ – 100% would recommend to a colleague

Staff from the Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee attended a bespoke Fistral training webinar ‘Collaborating...

“Superb” – Fistral Project Management for Researchers

“Superb” – Fistral Project Management for Researchers

A mix of research staff and students at the University of Stirling logged on to parts one, two and three...

Schedule Control for Space is given 4.8 out of 5

Schedule Control for Space is given 4.8 out of 5

Staff at the European Space Agency logged on to a Fistral training course entitled Schedule Control. The staff gave the...

CAPM Prep – 4.78 out of 5

CAPM Prep – 4.78 out of 5

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde attended our CAPM preparation training course online. The CAPM (Certified Associate in Project...

4.94 (course) and 5.00 (trainer)

4.94 (course) and 5.00 (trainer)

A group of postgraduate researchers from the University of Liverpool joined us online for the final time, to complete part...

“Thorough and extremely useful” – Leadership and Teambuilding

“Thorough and extremely useful” – Leadership and Teambuilding

Postgraduate researchers at Strathclyde University Doctoral College logged on to Fistral’s ‘Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques’ webinar training. In this course,...

Space sector webinar – “Highly recommend this to colleagues”

Space sector webinar – “Highly recommend this to colleagues”

Staff from the European Space Agency logged on to a Fistral webinar entitled Project Management Principles Level 2. The group...

“Life-changing” – Risk Management

“Life-changing” – Risk Management

A mix of staff and PhD’s from the University of Bath Researcher Development and Doctoral College attended our ‘Risk Management’...

4.93 (course) and 5 out of 5 (trainer) for PM researcher skills training

4.93 (course) and 5 out of 5 (trainer) for PM researcher skills training

We hosted a group of postgraduate students from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College for a second time, as they...

Advanced Project Management – 4.81

Advanced Project Management – 4.81

Postgraduate research students from the University of Strathclyde Researcher Development Programme logged on to our 1-day Advanced Project Management training....

4.62 – Introduction to Project Planning

4.62 – Introduction to Project Planning

We hosted a group of 1st to 3rd year PhD students from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College on Part...

CAPM Prep Day – 4.58 from CDT

CAPM Prep Day – 4.58 from CDT

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Manchester CDT in Integrated Catalyisis, logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation Day webinar. The...

“Incredibly Useful” – PM webinar

“Incredibly Useful” – PM webinar

A mix of research staff and students at the University of Bath attended our Introduction to Project Planning webinar. This...

Agile PM for Space is “Very hands-on and useful”, 4.6 out of 5

Agile PM for Space is “Very hands-on and useful”, 4.6 out of 5

A group of European Space Agency Staff logged on to a Fistral webinar called Agile Product Management: An Introduction Using...

4.7 from Space sector staff – “Instructor was very knowledgeable”

4.7 from Space sector staff – “Instructor was very knowledgeable”

Staff from the European Space Agency logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Risk Management webinar. The attendees gave the...

“So useful” 4.75 – Introduction to Project Planning

“So useful” 4.75 – Introduction to Project Planning

First and Second-year Postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College logged in to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning...

Trainer scored 5 out of 5

Trainer scored 5 out of 5

We welcomed back a group of Post-Graduate Researchers from the University of Ulster, to complete part four of our Introduction...

CAPM Prep – 4.81 out of 5

CAPM Prep – 4.81 out of 5

Post Graduate Researchers from the University of Manchester Materials for Demanding Environments CDT (M4DE) attended our CAPM prep day. This...

4.78 given by researchers and staff – CAPM Prep Day

4.78 given by researchers and staff – CAPM Prep Day

A mixture of research staff and students at the University of Bath logged on to our CAPM Preparation Day training....

4.60 rating for Advanced Project Management

4.60 rating for Advanced Project Management

Working towards their CAPM qualification, we hosted PostGraduate researchers from the University of Manchester M4DE CDT on our Advanced Project...