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

"I feel that the university has invested in me! In that hiring a professional company as well as having such an experienced and excellent presenter. Money well spent!!"

Research staff, University of Aberdeen 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.

“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“ – Intro to PM

“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“ – Intro to PM

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...

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

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

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

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM Webinar Part Two

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM Webinar Part Two

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” – Staff feedback

“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – Staff feedback

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...

“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...

“Demystifies the planning process” – Project Planning

“Demystifies the planning process” – Project Planning

We welcomed a group of PhD students from the University of Liverpool back to part three of Fistral’s Introduction to...

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.92 out of 5

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.92 out of 5

We hosted a group of PhD students from the University of Strathclyde on Fistral’s Advanced Project Management webinar session. They...

“I highly recommend this class to PhD students” – Leadership and Teambuilding techniques

“I highly recommend this class to PhD students” – Leadership and Teambuilding techniques

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques online training course. The researchers...