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.

"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

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

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...

4.75 “Great as usual” – Risk Management webinar

4.75 “Great as usual” – Risk Management webinar

A mixed group of research staff and students from the University of Stirling logged on to Fistral’s two-part Risk Management...

“A burden lifted” – Procrastination for researchers webinar

“A burden lifted” – Procrastination for researchers webinar

PhD students at the University of Liverpool Doctoral College logged on to our Procrastination Busting webinar. This training provides attendees...

Procrastination Busting – 4.75

Procrastination Busting – 4.75

A group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College attended Fistral’s online training course ‘Procrastination Busting Techniques’....

“Really useful session” – PM Essentials 1/4

“Really useful session” – PM Essentials 1/4

A group from the University of Warwick Researcher Development Programme attended the first part of Fistral’s new Project Management series...

‘Collaborating with Others’ – 100% would recommend to a colleague

‘Collaborating with Others’ – 100% would recommend to a colleague

Staff from the Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee attended a bespoke Fistral training webinar ‘Collaborating...

“Superb” – Fistral Project Management for Researchers

“Superb” – Fistral Project Management for Researchers

A mix of research staff and students at the University of Stirling logged on to parts one, two and three...

Schedule Control for Space is given 4.8 out of 5

Schedule Control for Space is given 4.8 out of 5

Staff at the European Space Agency logged on to a Fistral training course entitled Schedule Control. The staff gave the...

CAPM Prep – 4.78 out of 5

CAPM Prep – 4.78 out of 5

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde attended our CAPM preparation training course online. The CAPM (Certified Associate in Project...

4.94 (course) and 5.00 (trainer)

4.94 (course) and 5.00 (trainer)

A group of postgraduate researchers from the University of Liverpool joined us online for the final time, to complete part...

“Thorough and extremely useful” – Leadership and Teambuilding

“Thorough and extremely useful” – Leadership and Teambuilding

Postgraduate researchers at Strathclyde University Doctoral College logged on to Fistral’s ‘Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques’ webinar training. In this course,...

Space sector webinar – “Highly recommend this to colleagues”

Space sector webinar – “Highly recommend this to colleagues”

Staff from the European Space Agency logged on to a Fistral webinar entitled Project Management Principles Level 2. The group...

“Life-changing” – Risk Management

“Life-changing” – Risk Management

A mix of staff and PhD’s from the University of Bath Researcher Development and Doctoral College attended our ‘Risk Management’...

4.93 (course) and 5 out of 5 (trainer) for PM researcher skills training

4.93 (course) and 5 out of 5 (trainer) for PM researcher skills training

We hosted a group of postgraduate students from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College for a second time, as they...

Advanced Project Management – 4.81

Advanced Project Management – 4.81

Postgraduate research students from the University of Strathclyde Researcher Development Programme logged on to our 1-day Advanced Project Management training....

4.62 – Introduction to Project Planning

4.62 – Introduction to Project Planning

We hosted a group of 1st to 3rd year PhD students from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College on Part...

CAPM Prep Day – 4.58 from CDT

CAPM Prep Day – 4.58 from CDT

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Manchester CDT in Integrated Catalyisis, logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation Day webinar. The...

“Incredibly Useful” – PM webinar

“Incredibly Useful” – PM webinar

A mix of research staff and students at the University of Bath attended our Introduction to Project Planning webinar. This...

Agile PM for Space is “Very hands-on and useful”, 4.6 out of 5

Agile PM for Space is “Very hands-on and useful”, 4.6 out of 5

A group of European Space Agency Staff logged on to a Fistral webinar called Agile Product Management: An Introduction Using...

4.7 from Space sector staff – “Instructor was very knowledgeable”

4.7 from Space sector staff – “Instructor was very knowledgeable”

Staff from the European Space Agency logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Risk Management webinar. The attendees gave the...

“So useful” 4.75 – Introduction to Project Planning

“So useful” 4.75 – Introduction to Project Planning

First and Second-year Postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College logged in to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning...

Trainer scored 5 out of 5

Trainer scored 5 out of 5

We welcomed back a group of Post-Graduate Researchers from the University of Ulster, to complete part four of our Introduction...

CAPM Prep – 4.81 out of 5

CAPM Prep – 4.81 out of 5

Post Graduate Researchers from the University of Manchester Materials for Demanding Environments CDT (M4DE) attended our CAPM prep day. This...

4.78 given by researchers and staff – CAPM Prep Day

4.78 given by researchers and staff – CAPM Prep Day

A mixture of research staff and students at the University of Bath logged on to our CAPM Preparation Day training....

4.60 rating for Advanced Project Management

4.60 rating for Advanced Project Management

Working towards their CAPM qualification, we hosted PostGraduate researchers from the University of Manchester M4DE CDT on our Advanced Project...

Creating the Plan: 4.63

Creating the Plan: 4.63

We enjoyed hosting a group of PostGraduate Researchers from Ulster University Doctoral College for the third session of our Project Planning training...

100% would recommend Advanced Project Management to a colleague

100% would recommend Advanced Project Management to a colleague

A group of postgraduate researchers from the University of Manchester CDT in Integrated Catalysis, logged on to Fistral’s ‘Advanced Project...

4.68, “Very Useful” – Scoping the Project

4.68, “Very Useful” – Scoping the Project

Fistral welcomed a cohort of PGR’s from the University of Ulster back to the second of our four-part Project Planning...