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 can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to take the classes and the exam. I have always been keen on project management and a qualification is the icing on the cake!”

Successful CAPM Delegate, University of Ulster 29th August 2018

"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

"We recently worked with Fistral to create a new Consultancy Skills course for our organisation. They offered a friendly, professional service and bring a wealth of knowledge to their course creations."

Staff Development Manager, NHS National Services Scotland, Information Services Division 29th August 2018

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

Staff member, Loughborough University 29th August 2018

"Extensive, complex information presented in a relaxed, humorous manner which made it relevant and understandable. Well pitched. Well done!”

PhD Student, University of Stirling 29th August 2018

"We’ve now doubled the number of CAPM deliveries a year in response to growing demand, and it’s fast become one of the most popular and highly valued courses offered as part of the Researcher Development Programme."

Researcher Development Manager, University of Strathclyde 29th August 2018

"The company is professional and my dealings with [Fistral] in the summer with regard to the re-design of the programme were very positive from my perspective. I liked [their] flexibility and commitment to working with us on a new approach."

Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme Manager, Queen’s University Belfast 29th August 2018

"Very good course - I am keen to apply this learning in my place of work and have realised that the biggest problem in my team is me giving out concepts, not projects."

Staff member, NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018

"This has to be the most useful and enjoyable course that I have attended. I love the structure of course with lots of practical involvement in exercises working in teams. This is in stark contrast to most of the courses I have attended with PowerPoint slide after slide. I feel that I now want to use what I have learned and put to use asap."

Staff member, University College Cork 29th August 2018

"Will apply tools to my own role, gives me greater understanding of wider project management principles."

Staff member, Scottish Qualifications Authority 29th August 2018

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

EngD Student, University of Manchester 25th August 2018

"I'll use Risk evaluation techniques in my research."

Risk participant, University of Aberdeen 29th August 2018

"We’ve now doubled the number of CAPM deliveries a year in response to growing demand, and it’s fast become one of the most popular and highly valued courses offered as part of the Researcher Development Programme."

Researcher Development Manager, University of Strathclyde 25th August 2018

"A very enjoyable and valuable course."

Research staff, University of Bath 29th August 2018

"Very well delivered. [The trainer's] engagement with the students and material very impressive and leant sustained interest by students”

NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018

"This should be made compulsory to all PhD students/Research staff."

Research staff, University of Aberdeen 29th August 2018

"Excellent course – one of the most useful I have been on. I would recommend it for any PhD student”

PhD Student, Queens University Belfast 29th August 2018

"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

"Tools that can be applied to real work and interactions, actual examples for situations that you wouldn't think about normally, kept attention throughout."

EngD student, University of Manchester 29th August 2018

"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

"Very good course based on lecturer's experience."

Research staff, University of Bath 29th August 2018

"Really interesting and applicable to industry. Would consider making the course compulsory for all knowledge exchange project personnel."

CAPM participant, University of Strathclyde 25th August 2018

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

Staff member, AFRC 29th August 2018

"Very well delivered. Great structure and content. Would recommend to colleagues”

Staff member, NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018

"In the five years the University of Strathclyde have engaged the services of Fistral, we’ve worked in partnership to tailor provision which specifically meets the needs of our industry-facing researchers. Year on year, the number of qualified project managers coming through the CAPM programme has increased as a result of its positive reputation and it’s demonstrable benefits within academia and other sectors."

Researcher Development Manager, University of Strathclyde 29th August 2018

"I feel that the university has invested in me! In that hiring a professional company as well as having such an experienced and excellent presenter. Money well spent!!"

Research staff, University of Aberdeen 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 4.75 average overall from 2019-2023.

(out of 5, based on Fistral evaluation forms, 5=Excellent, June 2019-Feb 2023).

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.

“Head and shoulders above other providers” – University of Strathclyde PGR

“Head and shoulders above other providers” – University of Strathclyde PGR

We welcomed PGR’s onsite at the University of Strathclyde to our Risk Management in the Real World training course and...

 5 out of 5 for CAPM training – University of Strathclyde PGRs

 5 out of 5 for CAPM training – University of Strathclyde PGRs

We joined PGR’s from the University of Strathclyde onsite in Glasgow to deliver Fistral's CAPM Preparation training. This training is...

“Useful for PhD planning” – University of Strathclyde PGR feedback

“Useful for PhD planning” – University of Strathclyde PGR feedback

A cohort of PGR’s from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning training course and...

“Useful tips” – Space agency staff

“Useful tips” – Space agency staff

Staff from LSE Space logged on to Fistral’s training webinar entitled Time Management: Prioritisation and rated the session Very Good....

4.93 rating for Maximising your PhD Performance training

4.93 rating for Maximising your PhD Performance training

PhD students from the ASPIRE programme joined us onsite at Sheffield Hallam University for Fristral’s Maximising Your PhD Performance Using...

“Project management made simple” – University of the West of England attendee

“Project management made simple” – University of the West of England attendee

Fistral travelled to Bristol to the University of the West of England to deliver our Project Management for Researchers training....

“A must-attend course” – Strathclyde University PGR

“A must-attend course” – Strathclyde University PGR

PGR’s at  Strathclyde University logged on to Fistral’s training webinar entitled Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship. The attendees rated the...

“Practical and helpful” – University of Bristol Staff

“Practical and helpful” – University of Bristol Staff

We welcomed staff onsite at the University of Bristol for a session entitled Project Management Tools for Managing Your Research...

Project Management In The Real World – Rated 5 out of 5 at Strathclyde University

Project Management In The Real World – Rated 5 out of 5 at Strathclyde University

Onsite at Strathclyde University, we ran our Project Management In The Real World training for a group of Postgraduate Researchers....

“Provides new perspectives” – PGR University of Strathclyde

“Provides new perspectives” – PGR University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Techniques for Confident Professional Communication webinar training. The attendees...

“Plenty of practical tools” – Project Management in the Real World

“Plenty of practical tools” – Project Management in the Real World

Onsite at Loughborough University, we ran our Project Management In The Real World training for a group of Postgraduate Researchers....

“Useful practical tools” – Bristol University Staff

“Useful practical tools” – Bristol University Staff

We welcomed staff from the University of Bristol to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management webinar training. The attendees rated the...

“Useful prep for CAPM Exam” – Intro to PM webinar

“Useful prep for CAPM Exam” – Intro to PM webinar

PhD Students from the University of Exeter joined us online for Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training webinar. The group...

“Very insightful” – Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques Training rated 5 out of 5

“Very insightful” – Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques Training rated 5 out of 5

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde joined us onsite for Fistral’s Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques training course. The group...

“Worthwhile and engaging” – Intro to Project Management

“Worthwhile and engaging” – Intro to Project Management

We welcomed a mix of research staff and PhDs from the University of Bath to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management...

Advanced Project Management – “Useful for professional development”

Advanced Project Management – “Useful for professional development”

Onsite once more at the University of Strathclyde, we hosted PhD students at Fistral’s Advanced Project Management training session. The...

“Useful for research projects” – PM Essentials

“Useful for research projects” – PM Essentials

PGR’s from the University of Exeter logged on to parts 1-4 of Fistral’s Project Management Essentials for Researchers webinar series...

“A lot of inspiration for managing PhD” – 5/5 for Intro to PM

“A lot of inspiration for managing PhD” – 5/5 for Intro to PM

PhD students at the University of Bath joined Fistral logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training session and...

‘Good for identifying risks that can impact your PhD” – University of Strathclyde student

‘Good for identifying risks that can impact your PhD” – University of Strathclyde student

A cohort from the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral onsite for our Risk Management in the Real World training session...

“Worth the time” – Avoid Drifting webinar

“Worth the time” – Avoid Drifting webinar

Fistral welcomed PhD students from the University of Strathclyde online for a webinar entitled Taking Charge of Your Time: Avoid...

“Practical and useful” – Time Management Strategies

“Practical and useful” – Time Management Strategies

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral onsite for a training session entitled Keeping on Top of Your...

5 out of 5 rating for Intro to Project Planning Part 4

5 out of 5 rating for Intro to Project Planning Part 4

PhD students from Ulster University joined us for a final time on Part 4 of Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning...

“Invaluable for PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 3

“Invaluable for PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 3

PhD students from Ulster University logged on to Part 3 of Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning webinar series and rated...

“Clearly charts the essentials of Project Mgt”  – Ulster University PhD student

“Clearly charts the essentials of Project Mgt” – Ulster University PhD student

PhD students at Ulster University logged on to part three of Fistral’s webinar session Introduction to Project Planning and rated...

“Time management tools you can apply to your working day” – Space staff feedback

“Time management tools you can apply to your working day” – Space staff feedback

LSE Space staff logged on to Fistral’s webinar session entitled Time Management: Personal Effectiveness and rated it 4.88 out of...

“An ABC of how to plan PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning Part 2

“An ABC of how to plan PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning Part 2

PhD students from Ulster University logged on to Fistral’s webinar session Introduction to Project Planning (Part 2) and scored the...

Introduction to Project Planning – “Really helpful to apply to PhD”

Introduction to Project Planning – “Really helpful to apply to PhD”

A cohort of PhD students at Ulster University logged on to part one of Fistral’s webinar session Introduction to Project...

“Useful Tools” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Useful Tools” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students from Ulster University joined Fistral online for part one of our webinar training Introduction to Project Planning. We...

Intro to Project Planning – “Massively increased my knowledge”

Intro to Project Planning – “Massively increased my knowledge”

A group of PGRs from the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning webinar session. The...

4.79 rating from University of Exeter, Metamaterials CDT

4.79 rating from University of Exeter, Metamaterials CDT

A group from the University of Exeter, Metamaterials CDT joined Fistral onsite for our Risk Management and Advanced Project Management...

“Very helpful for management of time and resources” – Introduction to Project Management

“Very helpful for management of time and resources” – Introduction to Project Management

PhD students at the University of Bristol EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care joined us onsite...

Perfect 5/5 score for Introduction to Project Management training

Perfect 5/5 score for Introduction to Project Management training

PGRs at the University of Bristol Cabot Institute joined us onsite for Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training. The group...

“Very useful” – Space Sector staff webinar feedback

“Very useful” – Space Sector staff webinar feedback

Staff from LSE Space logged on to Fistral’s webinar session entitled The Resilient Professional and rated it ‘Very Good’. Feedback...

“Informative and useful tools” – Agile PM for Space staff

“Informative and useful tools” – Agile PM for Space staff

Staff at the Swedish Space Corporation logged on to Fistral’s webinar entitled Agile Product Delivery: An Introduction Using Scrum. We...

Introduction to Project Management – “Surprisingly applicable to a PhD”

Introduction to Project Management – “Surprisingly applicable to a PhD”

PGRs at the University of Bristol ACCIS and CoSEM CDTs joined us onsite for Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training....

“Essential for the PhD journey” – 4.96 for Project Management in the Real World

“Essential for the PhD journey” – 4.96 for Project Management in the Real World

A group of PGRs from the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral onsite for our training session Project Management in the...

“Good examples from the space industry” – SSC staff value PM Principles

“Good examples from the space industry” – SSC staff value PM Principles

Swedish Space Corporation staff logged on to Fistral’s Project Management Principles Level 1 webinar and rated the training 4.46 out...

 “Great content, engaging delivery, tailored to research, high applicability” – 4.83 PM for Researchers in Australia

 “Great content, engaging delivery, tailored to research, high applicability” – 4.83 PM for Researchers in Australia

PGR’s from University of South Australia logged on to parts 1-4 of Fistral’s Project Management Essentials for Researchers training. The...

“Very insightful” – BME ECRs give webinar 5 out of 5

“Very insightful” – BME ECRs give webinar 5 out of 5

Attendees at the 7th BME ECR Conference logged in to Fistral’s webinar session entitled Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC....

“Very useful for CPD” – Project Management in the Real World for staff 4.87

“Very useful for CPD” – Project Management in the Real World for staff 4.87

Loughborough University staff joined Fistral onsite for our Project Management in the Real World training. The group rated the training...

“Huge scope for application” – CAPM Preparation

“Huge scope for application” – CAPM Preparation

A mix of research staff and PhDs from the University of Bath joined us online for Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar...

“Practical skills that can be applied or transferred” – Project Management in the Real World

“Practical skills that can be applied or transferred” – Project Management in the Real World

A second group of staff from Loughborough University joined us onsite for Fistral’s Project Management in the Real World training....

“Really informative and worthwhile” – PMRW 4.91 score from staff

“Really informative and worthwhile” – PMRW 4.91 score from staff

Staff at Loughborough University joined us onsite for Fistral’s Project Management in the Real World training. The group rated the...

“Engaging and useful” – 4.77 for Intro PM

“Engaging and useful” – 4.77 for Intro PM

A second group of PGR’s at the University of Manchester, Graphene NOWNANO CDT joined Fistral onsite for our Introduction to...

“Very engaging speaker” – University of Manchester CDT

“Very engaging speaker” – University of Manchester CDT

PGR’s from the University of Manchester, Graphene NOWNANO CDT joined Fistral onsite for a session entitled Introduction to Project Management....

CDT rates CAPM training 5 out of 5

CDT rates CAPM training 5 out of 5

PhD students at the University of Manchester iCAT Centre for Doctoral Training logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation training session....

CAPM Prep course rated 5 out of 5 – “You learn a lot”

CAPM Prep course rated 5 out of 5 – “You learn a lot”

Fistral delivered our CAPM Preparation training course onsite to PGRs at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. This session prepares...

100% recommend Advanced PM

100% recommend Advanced PM

A mix of research staff and PhDs from the University of Bath joined us online for Fistral’s Advanced Project Management...

Assertive Communication -100% would recommend

Assertive Communication -100% would recommend

Researchers at Ulster University logged on to our webinar session entitled Assertive Communication for the PhD Researcher. The group gave...

4.90 for Project Risk Management – “Applicable to many situations”

4.90 for Project Risk Management – “Applicable to many situations”

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde Doctoral School joined us onsite in Glasgow for a session entitled Project Risk...