We work together with our customers to define what they actually need – rather than developing something that may or may not directly address their requirements.

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

Research staff, University of Bath 29th August 2018

Fistral Consultancy

Fistral provides management consultancy internationally to organisations across all sectors: from SMEs to blue-chip companies, local government to global public sector organisations, academic organisations to industry partners. The Fistral team focus on identifying the root cause of a problem and then work with the customer to develop the best method of addressing it, with a solution that works and importantly, will stick.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Improving Projects; Designing Training; and Motivating People. Engagements are often complimented with training, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, 1:1 or group sessions, mentoring and remote (e.g. Skype) support to ensure meaningful and sustainable change.

Improving Projects

Project Management is at the heart of what we do, so it is no surprise that Fistral has extensive expertise supporting traditional project management phases such as:

  • Project Initiation
  • Planning for New or Existing Projects

as well as specialising in:

  • Project Audits
  • Monitoring & Project Control
  • Project Recovery – including troubleshooting
  • Independent Risk Review
  • Project Review & Evaluation
  • Lessons Learned Capture

Designing Training

Using almost 30 years’ industry experience and circa 20 years in the academic sector, Fistral has a wealth of expertise in:

  • Designing Courses & Programmes
  • Designing Training & Lecturing
  • Course Evaluation
  • Aligning Courses to Professional Certification (PMI, ILM, CMI, Chartered status etc)

to provide cohesive and effective approaches to designing, developing and implementing:

  • Integrated Training Courses & Staff Development Programmes

Motivating People

In addition to our coaching and mentoring support, customers working with new or existing teams often opt for bespoke consultancy or group workshops on softer skills such as:

  • Improved Team Work
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Improving Customer Service
  • Change Management

which can be underpinned by:

  • Certified DiSC® Professional User Expertise and/or
  • Individual, Team, or Leadership Behavioural Profiling as appropriate

Supporting Missions

We are often asked to apply our 10+yrs experience in the Space Sector to partner on live project outputs for missions such as ATHENA and JUICE. E.g. in:

  • Early Stage Planning
  • Facilitated Phase 0-Phase B  Risk Assessment Workshops
  • Mission-Specific Bespoke Training Development

as well as specialising in:

  • Agile Product Development during development & operations phases
  • Project Schedule & Control
  • Effective Team Working & Leadership in challenging situations or with difficult behaviours
Fistral Training & Consultancy - Lecturer & Research Students

Consultancy Examples

The consultancy examples below show how we use extensive industry and academic experience to help and support: kick-starting new projects; improving existing projects; monitoring, reviewing and/or auditing projects; engaging and motivating staff; supporting change in organisations; conducting training needs analysis; evaluating programmes and courses; and designing, developing and delivering new training and programmes using a cohesive and effective approach to implementation of integrated into staff and researcher development programmes.

  • Providing guidance on best-practice application of project/programme management techniques for a large European-funded network of 450+ members working together across 25+ countries
  • Team development workshops for departments undergoing change and restructure in HEIs
  • Leadership workshops linked to gender equality for women in technology.
  • Personal effectiveness workshops for BME researchers
  • Workshops and mentoring sessions for staff managing strategic projects in Universities
  • Masterclasses, mentoring and bespoke workshops for Universities and UK Catapult organisations
  • Advising on a standardised approach to planning and implementing projects to align with Strategic Planning deliverables
  • Independent evaluation of a European-funded project supporting partners in 21 European countries
  • Developing a Project and Programme Capability Development Model for the Portfolio Management Office of one the biggest public sector organisations in Scotland
  • Developing and delivering a Leadership and Management Programme for ECRs and MCAs working at one of the top 200 young Universities in the world.
  • Bespoke seminars – in Risk Management, Offshore-Wind and Renewables Energy
  • Dovetailing internal and external training approaches to ensure a consistent, integrated, approach to training and staff development programmes
  • Project audits for blue-chip companies in Europe
  • Advice on customisation of templates for Project Management and Risk Management based on best-practice
  • Development of a plan for creating a Competency Development Framework and Portfolio Maturity Model
  • Organising and sponsoring the National CanSat Competition 2012
  • Bespoke Risk workshops for European teams working on satellite missions
  • Development of Project Management role descriptions, skills and competencies

For Customer Comments see Testimonials

“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...

“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...

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...

“Great course” – Kick off your PhD

“Great course” – Kick off your PhD

Walsh scholars at Teagasc logged on to a Q&A session following on from Fistral’s Kick off your PhD asynchronous programme....

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...