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.

"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

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

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...

“Brilliant Session” – 4.67 University of Strathclyde

“Brilliant Session” – 4.67 University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde Researcher Development Programme attended Fistral’s Risk Management training series. Strathclyde’s Researcher Development Programme...

“Useful and Interesting” – Advanced PM rated 4.70

“Useful and Interesting” – Advanced PM rated 4.70

A mixed group of research staff and PhD students from the University of Bath attended Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar....

“Very useful” – UU Doctoral College

“Very useful” – UU Doctoral College

PGR’s at Ulster University Doctoral College, with campuses in Magee, Coleraine and Jordanstown, logged on to part one of our...

4.50 Risk Management – M4DE CDT

4.50 Risk Management – M4DE CDT

PhD students at the University of Manchester M4DE Centre for Doctoral training logged on to parts one and two of...

Introduction to Project Planning – 4.67

Introduction to Project Planning – 4.67

Post Graduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde took part in all three sessions of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’...

Risk Management – part of our CAPM programme for iCAT CDT

Risk Management – part of our CAPM programme for iCAT CDT

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Manchester CDT in Integrated Catalysis logged in to Fistral’s Risk Management training. iCAT students...

“Great training course” – Leadership and Team Building Techniques

“Great training course” – Leadership and Team Building Techniques

A group of Postgraduate Researchers attended our Leadership and Team Building Techniques webinar. The group are from the EPSRC Centre...

“Very useful” – Materials for Demanding Environments CDT

“Very useful” – Materials for Demanding Environments CDT

A cohort of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Manchester Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) CDT undertook our three-part Project...

100% would recommend webinar series

100% would recommend webinar series

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Manchester CDT in Integrated Catalysis completed all three parts of Fistral’s Project Management training....

“Could relate a lot to it from industry experience” – Manchester University CDT

“Could relate a lot to it from industry experience” – Manchester University CDT

Attendees from the University of Manchester Advanced BioMedical Materials CDT attended Fistral’s 'Introduction to Project Planning' and 'Risk Management' Webinars....

LSE Space staff – 100% would recommend the training and can apply the learning to their work

LSE Space staff – 100% would recommend the training and can apply the learning to their work

Staff at LSE Space GmbH logged on to Fistral’s Advanced Team Leadership online training course. As an independent space consultancy,...

Creating the Plan – “Best training I’ve ever had” – 4.71 overall

Creating the Plan – “Best training I’ve ever had” – 4.71 overall

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde logged on to the third part of our Introduction to Project Planning training,...

“A great session” – Scoping The Project 4.50

“A great session” – Scoping The Project 4.50

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde returned for part two of Fistral’s Project Management training course. This course prepares...

4.64 for Risk Management webinar

4.64 for Risk Management webinar

Research staff and students from the University of Bath undertook our 'Risk Management' online training, working towards sitting the CAPM...

CAPM webinar 4.58 from PGRs

CAPM webinar 4.58 from PGRs

Preparing for the globally recognised CAPM exam, Post Graduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde attended Part One of our...

Time Management Techniques for the Space sector

Time Management Techniques for the Space sector

Staff at LSE Space logged in to Fistral’s Time Management webinar. In this online course, participants learn their own personal...

4.68 for CAPM Prep day

4.68 for CAPM Prep day

Post-graduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde undertook Fistral’s CAPM preparation day online training. This course provides revision of the...

Procrastination Busting Techniques given “10 out of 10”

Procrastination Busting Techniques given “10 out of 10”

We hosted a group of Postgraduate researchers from the University of Bristol ACCIS/COSEM on a webinar entitled ‘Get Unstuck: Procrastination Busting Techniques’....

Understanding and Working with your Time Management Style – 4.63

Understanding and Working with your Time Management Style – 4.63

We hosted Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc on our ‘Understanding and Working with Your Time Management Style’ webinar. This course helps...

“Brilliant session” – Risk Management 4.67

“Brilliant session” – Risk Management 4.67

A group of Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc, recently completed their fifth part of Fistral’s online Project Management webinar series, ‘Risk Management’. Teagasc...

Professional Communication Skills Webinar – rated 4.82 by PhDs

Professional Communication Skills Webinar – rated 4.82 by PhDs

Fistral’s ‘Professional Communication Skills’ online training was attended by PhD students at the University of Strathclyde, who rated the course...

4.96 overall, instructor 5 out of 5 – Advanced PM

4.96 overall, instructor 5 out of 5 – Advanced PM

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s ‘Advanced Project Management’ webinar, part of the CAPM training...

“My view on GANTT has been forever shifted” – PM Planning attendee

“My view on GANTT has been forever shifted” – PM Planning attendee

We hosted a group from University of Bath Doctoral College and Researcher Development on our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar....

‘Creating the Plan’ – 100% will put their PM learning into practice

‘Creating the Plan’ – 100% will put their PM learning into practice

Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority based in Ireland, completed Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar...

Leadership and Team Building Techniques webinar – “It was really amazing”

Leadership and Team Building Techniques webinar – “It was really amazing”

Fistral’s ‘Leadership and Team Building Techniques’ webinar was recently delivered to a group of PGRs at the University of Strathclyde,...

Centres for Doctoral Training – 100% would recommend ‘Planning for Uncertainty”

Centres for Doctoral Training – 100% would recommend ‘Planning for Uncertainty”

PhD students from two Centre’s for Doctoral Training (CDT) at the University of Bristol, attended all four sessions to complete...

“Very insightful” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Very insightful” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students at the University of Liverpool Doctoral College completed the third and final part of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project...

4.70 – Risk Management Webinar

4.70 – Risk Management Webinar

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Researcher Development Programme undertook Fistral’s ‘Risk Management’ online training recently.  This webinar is...

“Excellent series of sessions” – CAPM Prep Day 4.88

“Excellent series of sessions” – CAPM Prep Day 4.88

Researchers and PGRs from the University of Bath Doctoral college rounded off their CAPM training online recently, which they’d started...

“That was brilliant” – Scoping the Project webinar for Post Docs

“That was brilliant” – Scoping the Project webinar for Post Docs

Post-Doctoral Researchers from Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, recently undertook part two of our online training series ‘Introduction...

“Tips for use in real life situations” – OPD webinar

“Tips for use in real life situations” – OPD webinar

Our OPD sessions with staff at the University of Dundee continued with the second part of the ‘Influencing without Authority’...

“Most useful workshop I’ve been to” – Project Planning 5 out of 5

“Most useful workshop I’ve been to” – Project Planning 5 out of 5

Researchers at the University of Dundee attended part three of our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ series. Called ‘Creating the Plan’,...

“Very useful” – Introduction to Project Planning course for staff

“Very useful” – Introduction to Project Planning course for staff

Staff from the University of Bath Student Union attended our trio of webinars ‘Introduction to Project Planning: Parts 1, 2...

“Very worthwhile” – Influencing Without Authority

“Very worthwhile” – Influencing Without Authority

As part of a series of OPD sessions from Fistral, staff at the University of Dundee logged on to our...

5 out of 5 for Establishing New Research Teams

5 out of 5 for Establishing New Research Teams

Staff from the University of Dundee attended our webinar ‘Good Foundations: Principles for Establishing Effective New Research Teams’. This course...

Risk Management webinar – 4.74

Risk Management webinar – 4.74

Uncertainty is inherent in any project, which makes it difficult to plan. This uncertainly is called risk. PhD students from...

4.79 out of 5 – “A great session”

4.79 out of 5 – “A great session”

Participants from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College, scored our “Introduction to Project Planning’ (part 2) webinar, 4.79 out of...

“Useful concepts that I will put into practice” – Collaborating Effectively

“Useful concepts that I will put into practice” – Collaborating Effectively

Staff at the University of Dundee logged on to our ‘Collaborating Effectively’ training, part of the University’s OPD programme. This...

‘Stress Hardiness’ webinar – 100% would recommend to a colleague

‘Stress Hardiness’ webinar – 100% would recommend to a colleague

PhD students and Post Doctoral Research Assistants at The University of Bristol ACCIS and CoSem Centres for Doctoral Training attended...

Doctoral College – CAPM rates ‘Excellent’ for trainer, 4.91 overall

Doctoral College – CAPM rates ‘Excellent’ for trainer, 4.91 overall

A group from the University of Bath Doctoral College and Research and Innovation Services who we met previously in person...

Introduction to Project Planning rated 4.69

Introduction to Project Planning rated 4.69

Our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar was rated 4.69 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), by a group from the...

“Honestly the best webinar I had this year” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Honestly the best webinar I had this year” – Introduction to Project Planning

We had a great group from the University of Bath Doctoral College join us for an ‘Introduction to Project Planning’...

“Very engaging presenter” – Performance Management Webinar for staff

“Very engaging presenter” – Performance Management Webinar for staff

We delivered our webinar ‘Actively Managing Your Teams’ Performance to Avoid Performance Management Issues’ to staff at the University of...

Doctoral College group rate session 4.93 out of 5

Doctoral College group rate session 4.93 out of 5

A group of PhD students working their way through our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series, completed the course recently...

Establishing Foundations webinar – ‘An insightful session’

Establishing Foundations webinar – ‘An insightful session’

PhD students across all years of study from the University of Liverpool attended our ‘Establishing Foundations’ webinar. The session is...