Student Researchers

Kick-Off Your PhD webinar – Part 2, Scoping

The second of our Kick-Off webinars for PhDs was delivered online for the University of Stirling. This session – ‘Kick-Off Your PhD: Scoping Your Project’ – follows on from ‘Part 1: Understanding Your Project’. Participants had a lot of positive comments at the end, with a Top 3 including: “Thank you, wish it was longer. […]

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Fistral Training & Development

4.86 out of 5 – Resilience Building for PhD webinar

We were delighted when, once again, our webinars were rated 4.86 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), with participants taking away a range of tools and techniques to help build personal resilience throughout their PhD journey. This shows the ‘Surviving the Long Haul: Resilience Building’ session and approach we’re taking to online training continues to […]

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Student Researchers

“…I have heard about certain concepts in some workshops but I didn’t find much meaning like I have today. Very useful…” – Kick-Off Your PhD webinar

‘Kick-Off Your PhD: Understanding Your Project’ webinar is the first in a series of four aimed at supporting first-year PhDs in their research journey. Delivered for the University of Stirling, official feedback for this session is to follow, but Chatroom comments from participants across the UK and America, are certainly positive so far – with […]

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Fistral Consultancy supporting Industry

4.84 – another successful Fistral webinar!

Our two Risk Management webinars were run back-to-back last week for researchers and PhD students at the University of Strathclyde. Given a massive 4.84 out of 5 overall rating (5 being Excellent), the webinar certainly hit the mark in terms of usefulness and applicability. 100% of participants answered yes to the following questions: Would you […]

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Fistral Consultancy supporting Industry

Procrastination Busting webinar rates 4.50 out of 5 from PhDs

A recent webinar – Getting Unstuck: Procrastination Busting Techniques – held with Edinburgh Napier University received lots of positive comments and feedback on the tools and techniques to get out of a procrastination ‘rut’. This particular session was aimed specifically at those working on research or their PhDs, but the concepts and tools could be […]

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Fistral Training, Development & Research

“This is great for a web seminar, lots better than others I’ve attended.” – 4.75 for Risk

The first outing of our two live Risk webinars was extremely well received, with participants at the University of Strathclyde rating the overall experience as 4.75 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), and the full class, 100%, agreeing “it was a useful session”. Under the title ‘Risk Management in the Real World’, our two Risk […]

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Fistral Trainers

More free transferable skills training videos from Fistral online now

A new set of our free videos is now available on the Fistral website. All videos remain completely free during Covid-19, and we’ve been told they’re helping “demistify” Project Management – lots of staff and researchers have said they’re finding them useful, which is great. See: https://www.fistraltraining.com/fistral-videos-free-of-charge/ or https://www.fistraltraining.com/fistral-online-resources/ There are now 12 videos currently […]

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Project Management Webinar – 4.47 out of 5 overall, 80% say “This was a useful session”

Our first PM webinar, held as part of the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) programme at the University of Strathclyde, was given a massive thumbs-up by participants. Held online via Zoom, the Project Management webinar was contextualised for PGRs and ran using a mix of presentation, video, whiteboard and chatroom tools to keep participants engaged and […]

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PM “demystified” – NEW FREE Videos uploaded

As promised, and following-on from our first set of free online Project Management videos, we now have new ‘shots’ of learning available on the Fistral website. With more topics coming soon… The new Fistral “Espresso” topics are: The Planning Process Work Breakdown Structure Task Duration Activity Sequencing Activity Scheduling Resource Allocation These are contextualised for […]

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Student Researchers

FREE – Fistral PM Videos available online now

During Covid-19 everyone is pulling together to help where they can, and the Fistral team is doing our bit too. To support customers, course participants and anyone with an interest in Project Management (PM), we have developed bite-sized videos that we’re making free to access during the pandemic. The videos focus on Project Management and […]

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Fistral Training, Development & Research

Fistral Project Management Webinars Released

Fistral Project Management webinars are now available – with more coming on this and other topics coming soon! PM webinars just released: Introduction to Project Planning (Part 1): Establishing Foundations  Introduction to Project Planning (Part 2): Scoping the Project Introduction to Project Planning (Part 3): Creating the Plan Risk Management (Part 1): Planning and Identification […]

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Fistral Training & Development

“Tools for use in real life scenarios were very useful as seeing the practical application makes it easier to see how it can be used in own role.” – 4.9 for Business Analysis

Our Business Analysis course held for staff at the University of Dundee received excellent comments and ratings. Run with the University’s Organisational & Professional Development department, the facilitation of this session was given 4.9 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), and 100% of staff said they found the level of learning in this session “Just […]

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Clap for Carers – 8pm, Thu 26th March 2020

We can all show support for NHS staff, care workers, and all who continue to support us during this pandemic by coming to doorsteps, gardens, windows and balconies and clapping for carers. These groups and many more – council staff, teachers, nursery workers, carers, bin-men, utilities, shop workers and of course delivery-drivers – are allowing […]

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Students discussing Research

Fistral Webinars available now

Fistral have been working hard to develop the following webinars in order to support customers and course participants during Covid-19. The following topics cover Communication & Collaboration, Leading & Influencing, and Personal Effectiveness – and include titles specifically for PhD/PGRs – with Project Management webinars to follow: Assertive Communication Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments […]

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Fistral “Virtual” Office open

In response to the office closing, the whole Fistral team – like most organisations around the globe – are working from home. The good thing is that with so many online meeting and conference apps and collaborative workspaces available – along with good-old-fashioned email – we can still keep in touch virtually. The office phone […]

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Covid-19 Response

Fistral want to send their thoughts and best wishes to all those who are suffering, or supporting loved ones, during Covid-19. It really is an unprecedented and challenging time. Following government and other advice, the Fistral team will work from home and take all precautions necessary to stay safe and avoid coming into contact with […]

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Fistral Training & Development Lectures

“Was really relevant to be able to plan better my PhD project, overcome risks, problems and handle them.” – PMRW

Earlier this month we delivered our flagship Project Management in the Real World 2-day course at the University of Manchester. The researcher group at the Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT rated the session 4.68 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), with lots of positive feedback. This CDT forms part of an “internationally-leading cohort of interdisciplinary researchers […]

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4.69 – Managing Complex Research Projects

A group of researcher staff from three Scottish Universities attended our Managing Complex Research Projects session held in Edinburgh Napier University. This session followed-on from Project Management for Research, and participants were introduced to more advanced techniques for scheduling, tracking and alternative approaches to research project management. Glasgow Caledonian, Stirling and Edinburgh Napier University staff […]

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Practical Project Management

Control Your PhD – “Definitely recommend to other students. Also transferable to my ‘real life’ role.”

At the start of March the Fistral team delivered two sessions on Controlling Your PhD: Part One: Introduction to Project Management Part Two: Successful Ways to Organise and Present Yourself Aimed at postgraduate researchers Years 2 and above, these two 1-day sessions introduced the process of managing PhD projects and the tools to assist in […]

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4.95 out of 5 – “I’m going to plan the final stages of my PhD more thoroughly using techniques provided. I feel more confident I can plan and finish on time now.”

The University of Bath Doctoral College researchers and PGRs attended our Introduction to Project Management and Intermediate Project Management courses held at University Bath at the end of last month. These are run as part of our Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) suite of courses, preparing researchers to sit the Project Management Institute’s globally-recognised […]

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