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.

"I feel this course is really useful to the researcher and others who are beginners in their career."

Staff member, AFRC 29th 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.

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...

“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...

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...

“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....

“Helps look at the bigger picture of a PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning (Part One)

“Helps look at the bigger picture of a PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning (Part One)

A group of PhD students at University of Ulster Doctoral College logged into part one of our Introduction to Project...

4.88 – Project Management training at UoBath

4.88 – Project Management training at UoBath

Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management webinar training course was attended by PhD students at the University of Bath UKRI Centre...

“The entire course was quite relevant.” – 4.70 from Space sector staff

“The entire course was quite relevant.” – 4.70 from Space sector staff

We recently welcomed European Space staff to Fistral’s online training course Project Management Principles - Level 1. We were delighted...

“Very effective” – Time Management webinar at UoLiverpool

“Very effective” – Time Management webinar at UoLiverpool

PhD students at the University of Liverpool logged on to Fistral’s webinar session Taking Charge of Your Time: Avoid Drifting....

“A brilliant session!” – Project Management: 5 Key Tips for Undergrads (new course)

“A brilliant session!” – Project Management: 5 Key Tips for Undergrads (new course)

The leadership team of the University of Strathclyde undergraduate group 'Strathloop' logged on to Fistral’s brand new webinar “Project Management:...

“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...