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.

"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

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

“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...

4.81 out of 5 – “Introduction to Project Planning Part 1: Establishing Foundations” webinar

4.81 out of 5 – “Introduction to Project Planning Part 1: Establishing Foundations” webinar

A recent research-focused PM webinar was held with the University of Stirling Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS). PhDs, librarians, RAs,...

100% of participants learned new tools and techniques – “Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments”

100% of participants learned new tools and techniques – “Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments”

The final session in our 3-part Influencing Skills series of webinars was very well received by participants. Liverpool Doctoral College...

“This is by far the best course I have ever attended throughout my PhD” – PM Planning webinar

“This is by far the best course I have ever attended throughout my PhD” – PM Planning webinar

The final webinar in our 3-part series on Project Management Planning was held with the University of Liverpool's Doctoral College....

4.72 for PM webinar – “It really is useful.”

4.72 for PM webinar – “It really is useful.”

Our face-to-face Project Management in the Real World 2-day course has been compacted to an online version during Covid-19. PhDs...

“These webinars have been a gem.” – 4.74 for Assertive Communication

“These webinars have been a gem.” – 4.74 for Assertive Communication

Liverpool University Doctoral College students on our Assertive Communication webinar gave great feedback and excellent ratings. 100% of the PGRs...

“Thank you, amazing webinar.” – PM Planning Part 2: Scoping the Project

“Thank you, amazing webinar.” – PM Planning Part 2: Scoping the Project

A recent webinar with Liverpool Doctoral College students - some joining from as far away as Australia - was given...

4.80 for ‘Influencing Without Authority’, Liverpool Doctoral College

4.80 for ‘Influencing Without Authority’, Liverpool Doctoral College

The first in a three-part series of Influencing Strategies online training sessions was held last Wednesday and received brilliant feedback....

Our ‘Planning for Uncertainty’ webinar is “very useful”

Our ‘Planning for Uncertainty’ webinar is “very useful”

The University of Stirling Institute for Advanced Studies recently held a 'Planning for Uncertainty' online training session. This webinar considers...

4.69 out of 5 – “This has been the best webinar I’ve attended since I started my PhD.” (final year PhD student, Liverpool)

4.69 out of 5 – “This has been the best webinar I’ve attended since I started my PhD.” (final year PhD student, Liverpool)

A recent webinar with the Liverpool Doctoral College received excellent feedback. Rating 4..69 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), our...

Kick-Off Your PhD webinar – Part 2, Scoping

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...

4.86 out of 5 – Resilience Building for PhD webinar

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...

Influencing Without Authority webinar – 4.46 out of 5

Influencing Without Authority webinar – 4.46 out of 5

One of our most recent webinars - Influencing Without Authority - delivered to PhD students at Queen's University Belfast was...

“…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

“…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...

4.86 overall – “Planning for Uncertainty” webinar; trainer given 5 out of 5!

4.86 overall – “Planning for Uncertainty” webinar; trainer given 5 out of 5!

We were delighted when our "Planning for Uncertainty" webinar was given such a high rating. PGR/PhD researchers at Edinburgh Napier...

“Assertive Communication” – 100% would attend more Fistral webinars

“Assertive Communication” – 100% would attend more Fistral webinars

Our first outing of this webinar for QUB was very well received by researchers. A full-house rated the session 4.34...

4.84 – another successful Fistral webinar!

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....

Procrastination Busting webinar rates 4.50 out of 5 from PhDs

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...

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

“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...

More free transferable skills training videos from Fistral online now

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...

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

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...

PM “demystified” – NEW FREE Videos uploaded

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...

FREE – Fistral PM Videos available online now

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....

Fistral Project Management Webinars Released

Fistral Project Management Webinars Released

Fistral Project Management webinars are now available - with more coming on this and other topics coming soon! PM webinars...

Fistral FREE PM Coaching/Mentoring for work linked to Covid-19

Fistral FREE PM Coaching/Mentoring for work linked to Covid-19

In addition to access to free PM Videos, the Fistral Team is offering 'pro bono' trainer time. This is for...

“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

“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...

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

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...

Fistral Webinars available now

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....

Fistral “Virtual” Office open

Fistral “Virtual” Office open

In response to the office closing, the whole Fistral team – like most organisations around the globe – are working...

Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques – “Totally recommend”

Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques – “Totally recommend”

A group from Exeter University's CDT in Metamaterials (XM2), rated our Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques 2-day course as 4.55 out...

Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

Fistral want to send their thoughts and best wishes to all those who are suffering, or supporting loved ones, during...

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

“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....

4.69 – Managing Complex Research Projects

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...

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

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...

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.”

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...