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

"Excellent tutor. Was able to make project management accessible."

EngD Student, University of Manchester 25th 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.

“As an innovation organisation [Agile PM] is a good insight into how we can improve our proposal and design development process”

“As an innovation organisation [Agile PM] is a good insight into how we can improve our proposal and design development process”

Staff at one of the UK's Catapult Centres - Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult (ORE) logged on to Fistral’s online training...

Time Management – LSE Space – 100% would recommend & 100% will be able to apply the learning

Time Management – LSE Space – 100% would recommend & 100% will be able to apply the learning

Staff at LSE Space GmbH logged on to our Time Management Strategies webinar. The space sector staff gave an overall...

5 out of 5 from UKRI CDT- Intro PM, onsite, “Actually shows how project management is useful to our process”

5 out of 5 from UKRI CDT- Intro PM, onsite, “Actually shows how project management is useful to our process”

Our first onsite course of the academic year was delivered to PGRs at the University of Bath. The UKRI CDT...

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...