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 well delivered. Great structure and content. Would recommend to colleagues”

Staff member, NHS Health Scotland 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

PhD student -“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“

PhD student -“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“

A group from the University of Strathclyde Internship Programme logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management webinar session. The...

“Especially useful for the research environment” – Introduction to PM

“Especially useful for the research environment” – Introduction to PM

Attendees from the University of Strathclyde Internship Programme joined us online for webinar training entitled Introduction to Project Management. The...

“Really practical [PMRW] session with good use of evidence and experience” say Uni staff

“Really practical [PMRW] session with good use of evidence and experience” say Uni staff

We enjoyed delivering an onsite training course to a group of staff at Loughborough University entitled Project Management in the...

100% of Space Sector attendees recommend Leadership Skills – rating 4.75 out of 5

100% of Space Sector attendees recommend Leadership Skills – rating 4.75 out of 5

Space sector staff joined us online for a webinar entitled Leadership Skills and Techniques for New Team Leaders. The group...

“Essential information for managing projects” – PM Techniques for Research

“Essential information for managing projects” – PM Techniques for Research

Research staff at the University of Bristol joined us online for a webinar session entitled Project Management Techniques for Planning...

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM webinar rates 4.71

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM webinar rates 4.71

Staff at the University of Bristol logged on to Part Two of Fistral’s Project Management Techniques for Planning Your Research...

“Really applicable to PhD life” – Procrastination Busting

“Really applicable to PhD life” – Procrastination Busting

Fistral ran an online training session Get Unstuck: Procrastination Busting for PhD students from the NINE DTP hosted by the...

“Useful, relevant and well delivered” – PM Webinar Part One

“Useful, relevant and well delivered” – PM Webinar Part One

Staff at the University of Bristol logged on to Part One of Fistral’s Project Management Techniques for Planning Your Research...

“Good in-depth overview” – CAPM prep webinar

“Good in-depth overview” – CAPM prep webinar

A group from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems & Structures, from both the Universities...

“Very helpful in preparing for CAPM Exam” – Webinar feedback

“Very helpful in preparing for CAPM Exam” – Webinar feedback

Postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar session. The group gave the session...

“Perfect to do before PhD” – Project Management in the Real World for CDT

“Perfect to do before PhD” – Project Management in the Real World for CDT

Fistral delivered an onsite training session called Project Management in the Real World at the University of Exeter – XM2...

“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – 5 out of 5 for Managing Complex Research Projects

“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – 5 out of 5 for Managing Complex Research Projects

Research staff at the University of Warwick joined us for a webinar entitled Advanced Techniques for Managing Complex Research Projects....

“Lots to put into practise” – PM Essentials for Researchers

“Lots to put into practise” – PM Essentials for Researchers

Doctoral College Staff at the University of Exeter logged on to Part 4 of Fistral’s Project Management Essentials for Researchers...

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.7

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.7

We welcomed a group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde to an online training session Advanced Project Management....

“Real-life examples shared by an experienced project manager” – 5/5 for Advanced Techniques webinar

“Real-life examples shared by an experienced project manager” – 5/5 for Advanced Techniques webinar

Staff at the University of Warwick logged on to Part One of Fistral’s training webinar series entitled Advanced Techniques for...

“Will transform the way I work” – PM Essentials for Researchers 4.72

“Will transform the way I work” – PM Essentials for Researchers 4.72

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Exeter logged on to Part Three of our training webinar Project Management Essentials for...

“Very useful for teambuilding” – Leadership & teambuilding webinar 4.71

“Very useful for teambuilding” – Leadership & teambuilding webinar 4.71

Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde joined us online for a webinar session entitled Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques. The...

“An epiphany” – Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC

“An epiphany” – Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC

Fistral welcomed a group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Ulster Doctoral College to an online training session Maximising...

“Really important for PhD students” – Risk Management rated 4.70

“Really important for PhD students” – Risk Management rated 4.70

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde across all three years logged onto Fistral’s webinar session Risk Management. The group...

“It’s a must for researchers” – Introduction to Project Planning

“It’s a must for researchers” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students at the University of Bath joined us for a webinar session entitled Introduction to Project Planning. The group...

“Helpful for planning your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning

“Helpful for planning your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning

Fistral welcomed a group of PGRs from the University of Strathclyde to a webinar session entitled Introduction to Project Planning....

“More useful than the average training session” – Advanced Project Management 4.67

“More useful than the average training session” – Advanced Project Management 4.67

A mix of research staff and students at the University of Bath logged on to Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar...

“Not only applies to work, could be applied to everything in life” – Risk Management 4.83

“Not only applies to work, could be applied to everything in life” – Risk Management 4.83

We welcomed a group of PGRs and research staff from the University of Bath to our Risk Management online training...

CAPM Prep webinar – 5 out of 5

CAPM Prep webinar – 5 out of 5

We welcomed a group of Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Strathclyde to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar session. This session...

“Useful and applicable”- Advanced Project Management 4.78

“Useful and applicable”- Advanced Project Management 4.78

A group of PhD students at the University of Strathclyde joined us online for a webinar entitled Advanced Project Management....

Introduction to Project Planning – 100% of CDT Attendees would recommend

Introduction to Project Planning – 100% of CDT Attendees would recommend

We welcomed a group of PhD students at the University of Bristol ACCIS Centre for Doctoral Training, on Parts 1-4...

UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2022 – Fistral highlights

UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2022 – Fistral highlights

Fistral were delighted to present the closing workshop of NSSC2022 conference, the 34th conference for students interested and active in...

CAPM Preparation webinar – Rated ‘Very Good’ by CDT

CAPM Preparation webinar – Rated ‘Very Good’ by CDT

PhD students at the University of Manchester iCAT Centre for Doctoral Training, logged on to Fistral’s CAPM Preparation training course...

“A must for Researchers and Project Managers” – Intro to Project Planning 4.80

“A must for Researchers and Project Managers” – Intro to Project Planning 4.80

Postgraduate researchers and research staff at the University of Bath logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning webinar, some...

“In academia or working for a company, it would be useful to take into account and prevent the risks of any type of project.” – 4.73 for Risk Management

“In academia or working for a company, it would be useful to take into account and prevent the risks of any type of project.” – 4.73 for Risk Management

Postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde undertook Fistral’s Risk Management online training session. The group gave the training an...

“Recommended! Lots of transferable skills.” – PM at the University of Manchester

“Recommended! Lots of transferable skills.” – PM at the University of Manchester

PhD students at the University of Manchester, mainly in their first years, logged on to Fistrals’ Introduction to Project Planning...

“Very informative and instructive” – Influencing without Authority

“Very informative and instructive” – Influencing without Authority

Postgraduate researchers from the University of Ulster logged on to Fistral’s Influencing Without Authority online training. The group gave the...

“Very useful for your research” – Project Planning rated 4.75

“Very useful for your research” – Project Planning rated 4.75

A cohort from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning webinar training. The group consisted...

Time Management for PhD – Rated 4.85

Time Management for PhD – Rated 4.85

PhD students at the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s Keeping on Top of Your PhD: Personal Time Management...

“Super useful in order to pass the exam” – CAPM Training

“Super useful in order to pass the exam” – CAPM Training

A group of postgraduate students and research staff at the University of Bath joined us for a CAPM Preparation webinar...

4.81 – “I’m excited to fully apply these [PM] techniques to my PhD”

4.81 – “I’m excited to fully apply these [PM] techniques to my PhD”

PhD students at the University of Manchester logged on to our popular Introduction to Project Planning webinar session. The group...

“Many things I can apply” – Decision Making webinar for the Space sector

“Many things I can apply” – Decision Making webinar for the Space sector

Fistral and LSE Space GmbH hosted a group of staff from the SSC group to an online training course Decision...

“Gave me confidence for the rest of my PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning 4.81

“Gave me confidence for the rest of my PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning 4.81

A group of Postgraduate Researchers and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Introduction...

“100% worth doing” – 4.90/5 for CAPM Prep course

“100% worth doing” – 4.90/5 for CAPM Prep course

A cohort of PhD students at the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar training session. The group gave...

“Training applicable for a PhD student” – Intro to Project Planning

“Training applicable for a PhD student” – Intro to Project Planning

PhD students in their first and second years at the University of Manchester logged on to our online training session...

“Real solutions not clichés” – Procrastination Busting 4.89

“Real solutions not clichés” – Procrastination Busting 4.89

We welcomed a mix of years of PhD students from the University of Ulster to our webinar session Get Unstuck:...

“I wish I’d done this training earlier in my career”; “I’ll be able to apply this to my work.” – staff on PMRW

“I wish I’d done this training earlier in my career”; “I’ll be able to apply this to my work.” – staff on PMRW

We enjoyed a warm welcome at Loughborough University recently delivering Fistral’s Project Management in the Real World training to a...

“Useful in context of PhD” – CDT webinar feedback

“Useful in context of PhD” – CDT webinar feedback

We enjoyed delivering an on-site training session at the University of Manchester, iCAT Centre for Doctoral Training entitled Project Management...

4.75 for Intro to PM – “Trainer’s experience of PhD study gave a helpful insight into how the techniques demonstrated could be applied in our context.”

4.75 for Intro to PM – “Trainer’s experience of PhD study gave a helpful insight into how the techniques demonstrated could be applied in our context.”

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our webinar session Introduction to Project Management, part of the...

“A good session to help you start your PhD journey” – Introduction to Project Management

“A good session to help you start your PhD journey” – Introduction to Project Management

We welcomed a group of PhD students and a research fellow from the University of Strathclyde, to an online training...

“Informative and helpful”: Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship webinar

“Informative and helpful”: Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship webinar

We welcomed a cohort of mainly 1st and 3rd year PhD students at the University of Strathclyde to a webinar...

Project Management in the Real World onsite training – Rated 4.86 out of 5

Project Management in the Real World onsite training – Rated 4.86 out of 5

A group of PhD students from the University of Manchester Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT joined us onsite for a training...

“Applicable to PhD research but also in any future job” – Advanced Project Management

“Applicable to PhD research but also in any future job” – Advanced Project Management

Postgraduate Researchers and research staff from the University of Bath attended Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar. During this course, attendees...

“This course gives several tools to use in different circumstances” – Communication skills

“This course gives several tools to use in different circumstances” – Communication skills

PhD students at the University of Strathclyde logged on locally but also from as far away as Nigeria, Tanzania and...

“Very insightful” – Project Planning 1-4

“Very insightful” – Project Planning 1-4

We enjoyed hosting a mixed group of research students and staff from Napier University on our four-part Project Planning webinar...