Project Management – Leading & Influencing – Communication & Collaboration – Personal Effectiveness
are the cornerstones of Fistral’s Product Suite.

"We’ve now doubled the number of CAPM deliveries a year in response to growing demand, and it’s fast become one of the most popular and highly valued courses offered as part of the Researcher Development Programme."

Researcher Development Manager, University of Strathclyde 29th August 2018

Fistral Approach to Training - Project Management for the Real World

Fistral Approach to Training

We believe in teaching practical, learnable techniques that can be applied to each individual’s context and used immediately regardless of scale, sector or discipline. Whether online or onsite, Fistral courses and workshops focus on hands-on individual and group-based activities, as well as theory, to enable participants to get the most out of the sessions.

Face-to-face onsite sessions are at the heart of what we do, and these are complemented by online learning in the form of the: ‘Fistral Espresso‘ online learning’ range – bite-sized ‘shots’ of learning; and the longer, more traditional online training webinars in our ‘Fistral Americano‘ range.

Fistral Training & Consultancy Project Management

Hands-on, Practical, Applicable

We believe in teaching practical, learnable techniques that can be applied to each individual’s context and used immediately regardless of scale, sector or discipline. Fistral courses and workshops focus on hands-on individual and group-based activities, as well as theory, to enable participants to get the most out of the sessions.

By focusing on a number of tried and trusted techniques, we strip away a lot of the ‘white noise’ which surrounds projects, communication and leadership, to get to the heart of the make or break issues. And, most importantly, we don’t just talk about these – we are implementing them in every project we’re involved with so we know they work. This is what we bring to our training: tried, tested and trusted real life.

Participants and employers appreciate the level of relevance and contextualisation that Fistral brings to all-staff and researcher training. Often this is achieved with minimal re-development as trainers use their extensive expertise and experiences to contextualise to the needs of the group on the day.

Course delegates testify increased effectiveness and efficiency immediately in their current role. In addition to the improved morale and self-confidence gained from professional training, they comment on the value of the trainers’ real-life expertise and experiences, as well as the sharing of best practice, tools, tips and techniques that we know make a difference in industry and academia.

Employers appreciate the added-value that external practitioners bring when demonstrating applicability within, as well as across, sectors, and recognise that our work-based, relevant and interprofessional approach delivers tangible improvements in the workplace.

Fistral Training & Consultancy Practical LeadershipRelevant, Best Practice

Using their expertise as practitioners, trainers share professional insights and good practice tools and techniques of what ‘works’ in real life. Their experience in industry, HEIs and working with

Fistral is unique in that most of our trainers hold doctorates. All of our trainers are active practitioners, and have have worked in education/HEI settings as well as with third sector and industry organisations.

This means that they have the credibility and confidence that the training and learning practices are tied-to industry needs and professional best practice, as well as an in-depth understanding of what it means to be a researcher working within a knowledge-intensive environment.

As active practitioners in their field, trainers are professionally certified which ensures that the tools and learning are pertinent, current, applicable, practical and focused on techniques and skills that are used in real life by experienced practitioners: they genuinely “practise what they preach”.

The Fistral team use this experience to provide professional insights, recommendations, guidance, practical tips and real-life scenarios. This is one key reason why our courses consistently receive ratings of ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’.

High Quality & Customer Service

We are committed to strong Quality Assurance (QA) and ongoing monitoring of our services and training provision to ensure that it continues to meet the high standards that Fistral and our customers expect.

Anything less than Very Good (4 out of 5) is discussed with partners and in-house to ensure quality training and positive ongoing participant experiences.

We make this commitment because we want to provide the best service we can to our customers and because we place high value on the feedback provided by customers and course participants as this helps us continually improve our services and the personal and professional development of our employees and the company as a whole.

In addition, the following Fistral statements and Policies are available on request:

  1. Maintaining Quality & Monitoring Courses & Services
  2. GDPR & Data Handling
  3. Equality & Diversity
  4. Sustainability
  5. Health & Safety

Fistral Training & Consultancy Courses

Product Suite

The Fistral Product Suite is separated into four areas: Project Management; Leading & Influencing; Communication & Collaboration; and Personal Effectiveness.

Fistral Training & Consultancy Product Suite

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Project Management, Leading & Influencing, Communication & Collaboration, and Personal Effectiveness courses are successfully delivered off-the-shelf, but can be easily customised, combined or tailored to match organisational and participant needs with minimal development input.

The Fistral team have extensive experience designing and developing staff and researcher programmes with customers to provide Project, Portfolio, Leadership and Management pathways for specific groups and all-staff. Pathways can easily be aligned to ILM, CMI, PMI levels as well as other professional bodies.

Project Management sessions are aligned to the Project Management Institute (PMI), and some of our softer-skills courses are underpinned by Everything DiSC®, A Wiley Brand.

Professional Certification

All of our Project Management training is aligned to the Project Management Institute and can lead to a globally recognised professional Certification in Project Management – Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)®. Read about Fistral’s CAPM/PMP Training Programme here.

In addition to developing PMI and CMI pathways, Fistral training is often used by organisations as part of their internal or external accreditation pathways and programmes. Fistral courses can be tailored bespoke for the organisation or used off-the-shelf.

Fistral courses have been used in: accredited University-awarded Certificates for staff or researchers, Institute of Leadership and Managment (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) programmes, as part of European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS), or linked to University-recognised credit-bearing pathways. Informally, training courses have also been used by many individuals when evidencing professional portfolios, for example towards CMI, ILM, PDP and Chartered status.

Researcher Focused

Fistral courses provide transferable skills that are directly applicable for researchers at any level. Tools and techniques can be applied to work immediately on return to desk or lab. The usefulness and relevance of the training is evidenced in the excellent feedback we receive from HEIs, Doctoral Colleges, ETNs, DTCs, ITNs, CDTs and staff working in international research organisations.

Our CAPM and PMP Project Management certification pathways are particularly popular with PhDs and all researchers as they provide a route to globally recognised, industry-aligned, professional certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

In addition, other courses particularly popular with CDTs, Doctoral Colleges, ETNs, ITNs, ECRs and MCAs that are specifically contextualised for research include:

  • Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques;
  • Advanced Research Team Leadership;
  • Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD: Time Management Strategies;
  • Professional Communication Skills;
  • Releasing Your Research Leadership Potential;
  • Practical Leadership: Getting the Best out of Your Team;
  • Influencing without Authority: Using Personal Power to Persuade & Convince Others;
  • Research Project Management & Planning for Uncertainty; and
  • Managing Complex Research Projects

We also provide some courses aimed solely at PhD students. For example for first-years – Kick-start Your PhD, Control Your PhD and Keeping on Top of Your PhD – and for final year PhDs – Finishing your PhD on Time. Contact Us for more information.

Space Focused

Our practical transferable skills courses for the Space Sector focus on best practice as well as the tools and techniques that we know work in this environment. Using over 10 years of experience with a wide range staff at all levels across a range of organisations at sites all over Europe, and supporting a variety of missions, the applicability and relevance of our consultancy and training can be seen in ongoing excellent feedback.

Our PMI-aligned Project Management courses are particularly popular in this sector, as is Agile PM, Leadership, Teamworking and Professional Communication. Fistral courses are contextualised for space, aerospace, energy and engineering, as well as delivered bespoke and tailored to the ESA environment.

Courses currently chosen by Space Sector and contextualised for partners cover topics such as:

  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • Leadership – for New Team Leaders and also more Advanced Leadership techniques
  • Professional Communication
  • Managing Difficult Behaviour and Challenging Situations
  • Time Management
  • Decision Making
  • Assertiveness

Courses can also be tailored to directly align and reference an organisation’s methodology or approach. Linked to the relevance and usefulness of the training we are often asked to deliver bespoke workshops for staff involved in projects and missions. Contact Us for more information.

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...

Instructor 5 out of 5 and 4.96 overall – Advanced PM

Instructor 5 out of 5 and 4.96 overall – 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...

“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...

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...

‘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’...

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...

Doctoral College – Fistral Instructor rated ‘Excellent’

Doctoral College – Fistral Instructor rated ‘Excellent’

PhD students from two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT’s) at the University of Bristol completed our Introduction to Project Planning...

“Wish I had done this for my PhD work” – Teagasc PostDoc comment

“Wish I had done this for my PhD work” – Teagasc PostDoc comment

Post-Doctoral Researchers from various different specialty areas at Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, attended part one of our...

“You hardly notice the time pass when you’re so engaged with the material” – Research Staff, 4.89

“You hardly notice the time pass when you’re so engaged with the material” – Research Staff, 4.89

Staff at the University of Dundee logged on for Part Three of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning for Researchers’ webinar...

Scoping the Project webinar “Built on Part 1 perfectly” said staff

Scoping the Project webinar “Built on Part 1 perfectly” said staff

We hosted staff at the University of Dundee online for Part Two of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series,...

“It helped me focus and tailor my research objectives” – Project Planning Part 2

“It helped me focus and tailor my research objectives” – Project Planning Part 2

Researchers at the University of Dundee attended part two of Fistral’s 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series recently. Entitled ‘Scoping...

“A very informative session” – Doctoral College rating of 4.73

“A very informative session” – Doctoral College rating of 4.73

PhD students from Strathclyde University Doctoral College attended part two of our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ training. Entitled ‘Scoping the...

‘Creating the Plan’ contextualised for PGRs

‘Creating the Plan’ contextualised for PGRs

PhD students from Ulster University Doctoral College recently attended the final session in our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ series. This...

100% from EPSRC CDT would recommend ‘Risk Management’

100% from EPSRC CDT would recommend ‘Risk Management’

PhD students at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based at the University of Exeter completed Fistral’s ‘Risk Management’ webinar....

“Brilliant sessions” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Brilliant sessions” – Introduction to Project Planning

Our three part ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series concluded for a group of staff from the CLEAR programme at...

Staff say Project Planning offers – “Lots of tips and tricks”

Staff say Project Planning offers – “Lots of tips and tricks”

Staff at the University of Dundee participated in part one of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series, as part...

“As a researcher, I’m finding the tools very useful” – Scoping the Project webinar

“As a researcher, I’m finding the tools very useful” – Scoping the Project webinar

Academic and research staff from the CLEAR programme at the University of Bristol took part in the second of our...

4.73 -“Amazing as usual” – Introduction to Project Planning

4.73 -“Amazing as usual” – Introduction to Project Planning

A group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme attended the first part of...

“Very helpful” – ‘Establishing Foundations’ Project Planning webinar

“Very helpful” – ‘Establishing Foundations’ Project Planning webinar

Academic and research staff from the CLEAR programme at the University of Bristol (including one person logging on from Argentina!)...

Space industry training – “Very useful”

Space industry training – “Very useful”

Space engineering professionals from ATG Europe BV based in The Netherlands attended our bespoke online training ‘Project Management Principles Level...

Introduction to Project Planning rates 4.74 out of 5

Introduction to Project Planning rates 4.74 out of 5

Our ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series continued with Part 2: ‘Scoping the Project’, delivered to a group from the...

4.90 – “I will implement a number of these strategies”

4.90 – “I will implement a number of these strategies”

A group of PhD students from Queen’s University Belfast finished the third and final part of the ‘Introduction to Project...

‘Scoping the Project’ – 100% of attendees would recommend

‘Scoping the Project’ – 100% of attendees would recommend

PhD students at Ulster University logging in from Qatar and Lebanon joined their Northern Ireland based colleagues for part two...

4.75 for ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

4.75 for ‘Introduction to Project Planning’

A group of PhD students at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based at the University of...

4.80 – Project Planning for Researchers

4.80 – Project Planning for Researchers

Researchers from the University of Dundee joined us for Part One of Fistral’s ‘Project Planning for Researchers’ online training. This...

“Very helpful” – Project Planning for Researchers webinar

“Very helpful” – Project Planning for Researchers webinar

A group of staff from the University of Dundee took part in the first of our four part ‘Project Planning...

“Your lecture was very inspiring” – Personal Time Management Strategies

“Your lecture was very inspiring” – Personal Time Management Strategies

We had an incredibly international group of attendees on our 'Keeping on Top of Your PhD or Research: Personal Time...

“You can’t afford to miss this!” – Project Planning series rates 4.91

“You can’t afford to miss this!” – Project Planning series rates 4.91

Research staff and PhD students at Napier University undertook all three parts of Fistral’s ‘Introduction to Project Planning’ webinar series....

‘Leading and Motivating your Team Members’ – 5 out of 5

‘Leading and Motivating your Team Members’ – 5 out of 5

We recently delivered our ‘Leading and Motivating your Team Members ’ online training to staff from the University of Dundee as...

Leading Teams webinar – “A wonderful informative session”

Leading Teams webinar – “A wonderful informative session”

A group of staff from the University of Dundee participated in our webinar entitled ‘Leading and Motivating Your Team Members.’...

“Awesome session” – Project Planning webinar

“Awesome session” – Project Planning webinar

Ulster University PhD students undertook the first part of our Project Planning webinar series; ‘Establishing Foundations’. The group gave the...

4.77 overall – “A very useful session” Project Planning webinar

4.77 overall – “A very useful session” Project Planning webinar

A group of students from the Graduate School at Queen’s University Belfast in various different years of their PhD study,...

Space industry Project Management training rated 4.75

Space industry Project Management training rated 4.75

Our webinar series ‘Project Management Principles Level 2’, was given an overall feedback rating by attendees of 4.75 out of...

Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances – 4.83

Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances – 4.83

Staff from the University of Dundee gave a fantastic overall feedback score of 4.83 out of 5 (5 being Excellent)...

‘Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances’ Webinar rated 4.50

‘Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances’ Webinar rated 4.50

A group of staff from the University of Dundee attended our training webinar “Making Decisions in Stressful Circumstances” as part...