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.

"Very knowledgeable instructor and good sense of humour to create a positive, relaxed working environment. Very useful and will certainly use the material covered."

Student, University of Strathclyde 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.

“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...

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...

‘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’...

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...

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...

“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...

“As a researcher, I’m finding the tools very useful” – Scoping the Project webinar

“As a researcher, I’m finding the tools very useful” – Scoping the Project webinar

Academic and research staff from the CLEAR programme at the University of Bristol took part in the second of our...

4.73 -“Amazing as usual” – Introduction to Project Planning

4.73 -“Amazing as usual” – Introduction to Project Planning

A group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme attended the first part of...

“Very helpful” – ‘Establishing Foundations’ Project Planning webinar

“Very helpful” – ‘Establishing Foundations’ Project Planning webinar

Academic and research staff from the CLEAR programme at the University of Bristol (including one person logging on from Argentina!)...

Space industry training – “Very useful”

Space industry training – “Very useful”

Space engineering professionals from ATG Europe BV based in The Netherlands attended our bespoke online training ‘Project Management Principles Level...

Introduction to Project Planning rates 4.74 out of 5

Introduction to Project Planning rates 4.74 out of 5

Our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series continued with Part 2: ‘Scoping the Project’, delivered to a group from the...

4.90 – “I will implement a number of these strategies”

4.90 – “I will implement a number of these strategies”

A group of PhD students from Queen’s University Belfast finished the third and final part of the ‘Introduction to Project...

‘Scoping the Project’ – 100% of attendees would recommend

‘Scoping the Project’ – 100% of attendees would recommend

PhD students at Ulster University logging in from Qatar and Lebanon joined their Northern Ireland based colleagues for part two...

4.75 for ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

4.75 for ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

A group of PhD students at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based at the University of...

“Very helpful” – Project Planning for Researchers webinar

“Very helpful” – Project Planning for Researchers webinar

A group of staff from the University of Dundee took part in the first of our four part ‘Project Planning...

“Your lecture was very inspiring” – Personal Time Management Strategies

“Your lecture was very inspiring” – Personal Time Management Strategies

We had an incredibly international group of attendees on our 'Keeping on Top of Your PhD or Research: Personal Time...

Leading Teams webinar – “A wonderful informative session”

Leading Teams webinar – “A wonderful informative session”

A group of staff from the University of Dundee participated in our webinar entitled ‘Leading and Motivating Your Team Members.’...

“Awesome session” – Project Planning webinar

“Awesome session” – Project Planning webinar

Ulster University PhD students undertook the first part of our Project Planning webinar series; ‘Establishing Foundations’. The group gave the...

4.77 overall – “A very useful session” Project Planning webinar

4.77 overall – “A very useful session” Project Planning webinar

A group of students from the Graduate School at Queen’s University Belfast in various different years of their PhD study,...

Space industry Project Management training rated 4.75

Space industry Project Management training rated 4.75

Our webinar series ‘Project Management Principles Level 2’, was given an overall feedback rating by attendees of 4.75 out of...

‘Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances’ Webinar rated 4.50

‘Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances’ Webinar rated 4.50

A group of staff from the University of Dundee attended our training webinar “Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances” as part...

4.63 for Fistral’s ‘Embracing Change’ webinar

4.63 for Fistral’s ‘Embracing Change’ webinar

We delivered an ‘Embracing Change’ training webinar to staff at The University of Dundee as part of their Organisational and...

Leading Teams Through Change – “I would recommend this course to my colleagues across the sector”

Leading Teams Through Change – “I would recommend this course to my colleagues across the sector”

We were given some fantastic and insightful feedback from staff at The University of Dundee who undertook our ‘Leading Teams...

CAPM webinar rates 4.83

CAPM webinar rates 4.83

A recent session was a final full-day training webinar to prepare attendees for the globally recognised CAPM exam from the...

“This was a great session” – Managing International Projects

“This was a great session” – Managing International Projects

A group from University of Liverpool - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Big Data Science - undertook our training...

“Project management is a PhD student’s best buddy”

“Project management is a PhD student’s best buddy”

The third and final part of our three-part Introduction to Project Planning webinar series was delivered today and given some...

“Thank you for going straight to the ‘Must Haves’ of this course”

“Thank you for going straight to the ‘Must Haves’ of this course”

We delivered parts 1 and 2 of our Introduction to Project Planning webinar series, ‘Establishing Foundations’ and ‘Scoping the Project’...

“Can honestly say this has been one of the best webinars I’ve attended” – Creating the Plan

“Can honestly say this has been one of the best webinars I’ve attended” – Creating the Plan

Our three-part 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series delivered to a group of research staff at Heriot-Watt University, finished with...

Scoping the Project webinar – 4.57 out of 5

Scoping the Project webinar – 4.57 out of 5

Our series of webinars introducing Project Management Planning continued with “Scoping the Project” webinar, the second online training delivered to...

All attendees would recommend ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

All attendees would recommend ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

We delivered a one day Project Planning webinar to a group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Doctoral...

“Thanks so much for a great day!” – Advanced Project Management

“Thanks so much for a great day!” – Advanced Project Management

A group from University College Cork undertook this last day of online training before the CAPM Prep day, where all...

Risk Management webinar – 4.75, all attendees said they “would recommend this session to a colleague”

Risk Management webinar – 4.75, all attendees said they “would recommend this session to a colleague”

A recent Risk Management webinar customised for the University College Cork, was extremely well received by the participants, and we...

“It really helps early career fellows.” – Research Staff comment, Project Planning webinar

“It really helps early career fellows.” – Research Staff comment, Project Planning webinar

We were delighted to be back with our first webinar of the year – Introduction to Project Planning (Part 1):...

PM webinar series – 100% of staff say “could be applied on return to desk/lab”

PM webinar series – 100% of staff say “could be applied on return to desk/lab”

A recent webinar series customised for the University of Bristol CREATE scheme was given an overall rating of 4.75 out...

4.75 – “Great sessions. Beautifully brought together in the last session. Nice job!”

4.75 – “Great sessions. Beautifully brought together in the last session. Nice job!”

Our tripartite 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series ends with part 3 "Creating the Plan". This brings all the tools...

“I have enjoyed every minute of each of [these Fistral webinars].” – 4.67

“I have enjoyed every minute of each of [these Fistral webinars].” – 4.67

The last webinar in our Introduction to Project Planning webinars held with the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stirling University...

“It helps [with] keeping time allocation realistic.” – Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD

“It helps [with] keeping time allocation realistic.” – Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD

Our Personal Time Management Strategies webinar was extremely well received by PhDs in the University of Strathclyde. Rating 4.79 out...

4.78 for Professional Communication Skills webinar

4.78 for Professional Communication Skills webinar

PCS is a very popular topics with researchers and all-staff, and this course was no different. Given 4.78 out of...

4.78 for Fistral’s Scoping the Project webinar

4.78 for Fistral’s Scoping the Project webinar

Part 2 in our 3-part series introducing Project Planning was extremely well received by participants in Edinburgh Napier University. The...

“Very useful. Wish I had this in my last job.” – Intro to PM Planning webinar

“Very useful. Wish I had this in my last job.” – Intro to PM Planning webinar

The second session in our 3-part PM Planning webinar series was held with the University of Stirling, Institute of Advanced...

“Introduction to PM Planning” webinar- 4.69 out of 5

“Introduction to PM Planning” webinar- 4.69 out of 5

Our series of webinars introducing Project Management Planning had been very popular over the past few months. The first in...