“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr Seuss

"Really interesting and applicable to industry. Would consider making the course compulsory for all knowledge exchange project personnel."

CAPM participant, University of Strathclyde 25th August 2018

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

EngD Student, University of Manchester 25th August 2018

"Brilliant, fascinating, concise. Well lectured. Learned a lot!"

Staff member, Loughborough University 29th August 2018

"Very knowledgeable instructor and good sense of humour to create a positive, relaxed working environment. Very useful and will certainly use the material covered."

Student, University of Strathclyde 29th August 2018

"The company is professional and my dealings with [Fistral] in the summer with regard to the re-design of the programme were very positive from my perspective. I liked [their] flexibility and commitment to working with us on a new approach."

Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme Manager, Queen’s University Belfast 29th August 2018

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

Staff member, NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018

"Excellent course – one of the most useful I have been on. I would recommend it for any PhD student”

PhD Student, Queens University Belfast 29th August 2018

"I expected it to be dull and irrelevant and was pleasantly surprised as it was relevant and practical and high quality."

CAPM participant, University of Strathclyde 29th August 2018

"Extensive, complex information presented in a relaxed, humorous manner which made it relevant and understandable. Well pitched. Well done!”

PhD Student, University of Stirling 29th August 2018

"Very useful. Made [the] subject seem much easier than I've previously been taught. Good use of personal experience."

Staff member, AFRC 29th August 2018

"A very enjoyable and valuable course."

Research staff, University of Bath 29th August 2018

"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

"Tools that can be applied to real work and interactions, actual examples for situations that you wouldn't think about normally, kept attention throughout."

EngD student, University of Manchester 29th August 2018

"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

"Will apply tools to my own role, gives me greater understanding of wider project management principles."

Staff member, Scottish Qualifications Authority 29th August 2018

"I'll use Risk evaluation techniques in my research."

Risk participant, University of Aberdeen 29th August 2018

"I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to take the classes and the exam. I have always been keen on project management and a qualification is the icing on the cake!”

Successful CAPM Delegate, University of Ulster 29th August 2018

"I feel this course is really useful to the researcher and others who are beginners in their career."

Staff member, AFRC 29th August 2018

"Very good course based on lecturer's experience."

Research staff, University of Bath 29th August 2018

"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 25th August 2018

"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

"This has to be the most useful and enjoyable course that I have attended. I love the structure of course with lots of practical involvement in exercises working in teams. This is in stark contrast to most of the courses I have attended with PowerPoint slide after slide. I feel that I now want to use what I have learned and put to use asap."

Staff member, University College Cork 29th August 2018

"We recently worked with Fistral to create a new Consultancy Skills course for our organisation. They offered a friendly, professional service and bring a wealth of knowledge to their course creations."

Staff Development Manager, NHS National Services Scotland, Information Services Division 29th August 2018

"Very well delivered. [The trainer's] engagement with the students and material very impressive and leant sustained interest by students”

NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018

"Very good course - I am keen to apply this learning in my place of work and have realised that the biggest problem in my team is me giving out concepts, not projects."

Staff member, NHS Health Scotland 29th August 2018

"This should be made compulsory to all PhD students/Research staff."

Research staff, University of Aberdeen 29th August 2018

The Fistral “Espresso” Range – access PM videos for FREE

During Covid-19 everyone is pulling together to help where they can, and the Fistral team is doing our bit too. To support customers, course participants and anyone with an interest in Project Management (PM), we have developed the following bite-sized videos that we’re making free to access during the pandemic.

We call this our Fistral “Espresso” range as it’s an intense ‘shot’ of learning.

The videos below focus on Project Management and are aimed at PhD/PGR and Early Career Researchers. Each video is circa 5 minutes long, and although presented in the context of research, the tools, tips and techniques are equally useful in any project and across any industry or sector. Fistral also offer a range of webinars across our Product Suite – on PM, Leading & Influencing, Communication & Collaboration, and Personal Effectiveness which, linked to the above, we’re calling our “Americano” range. Customers can book and schedule webinars as per an onsite training session. See our Webinar Page or Contact Us for more info.

Please share these videos as widely as you can – with your network, friends, colleagues, classmates, students, relatives – in case it’s of help or interest to anyone during this time.

Fistral Espressos

In response to customer requests, we have initially focused on developing videos on Project Management topics specifically aimed at PhD, PGR and Early Career Researchers. The PM tools and techniques below will help with managing any project, but are presented in the context of research. The videos are sequenced, and we recommend you watch them in order. However if you’ve attended a Fistral PM session before, have PM experience, just need a refresher, or want a just-in-time ‘shot’ of knowledge – feel free to jump to the relevant topic.

Our focus when developing Fistral “Espressos” – as with all our training – is to ensure the content is useful, practical, has a common-sense approach, and is accessible and easy-to-understand. Based on trainers’ experiences working in industry and academia for over 20 years, and their expertise delivering highly successful consultancy and training across sectors globally, Espressos provide tried-and-tested knowledge underpinned by sound theoretical principles.

More Fistral ‘Espressos’ are planned for development, but feel free to Contact Us if you have suggestions for specific topics. To keep up to date, follow @FraserFistral, Newsletter Signup or check back here to see what’s new.

01. Introduction to Project Management – What is a Project?

What is a project? What do we mean by project management? And why is it applicable to me? This session defines what we mean by project management, contextualising it within a research environment. It also provides an overview of how to use these videos, who we are, and the Fistral approach to project management. Length 03:49

02. Project Initiation

So you’ve got a project, are preparing a bid, have received funding or been given a piece of work to complete… How should you start planning and organising? This session discusses what you should be considering, where you begin, and what key questions you should be asking right from the start. Length 04:43

03. The Project Triangle

The secret to managing any project effectively is understanding your constraints and how any change will have an impact upon other aspects of your work. This session introduces a simple but effective way to consider this. Length 04:00

04. Prioritisation

Often we have too much to do and too little time! This session introduces a method of identifying the most important elements of your project and allowing focus on them, leaving the items of less importance to later. Length 04:55

05. Stakeholder Identification

Projects do not happen in isolation – they are affected by the world around them. This session helps to begin identifying some of these key influencing factors in the form of stakeholders and how understanding these people can be extremely useful when considering our project. Length 04:12

06. The Scope Document

Managing expectations and boundaries is crucial in any work environment. This session examines simple way to begin to do this in projects of any size. Length 04:03

07. The Planning Process

This session gives a brief overview of the planning process and contextualises the tools to be discussed in sessions 08-12. We recommend viewing this session before proceeding to 08-12. Length 03:52

08. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

It might sound obvious, but a key element in planning any bit of work is actually understanding what is involved in it. In this session you’ll be introduced to a fundamental project management tool that kicks off the whole planning process and is one of the most transferable techniques around. Length 04:04

09. Task Duration

This session examines the differences between active and passive tasks, and why it is important to identify and include both when planning your work. Length 04:59

10. Activity Sequencing

Working efficiently involves identifying the best order in which to perform the different tasks and figuring out where multi-tasking will work or where tasks just have to be done one after the other. This session establishes a method of easily identifying the optimal dependencies of task, establishing which are the key time-dependent activities and which have greater flexibility. Length 05:27

11. Activity Scheduling

The famous Gantt Chart! This session demystifies the most popular of project management artefacts, the Gantt Chart. It demonstrates how it can be a powerful tool if developed correctly but is only as good as the information entered in to it so should be used with great care. You will be shown how to create a Gantt Chart properly! Length 04:46

12. Resource Allocation

All projects require several resources – even those where it only seems to be us alone doing the work! This session considers resource planning to allow others to make time for you. It also examines that if we’re in a resource constrained project (e.g. it genuinely is only us!) how to optimise our schedule. Length 07:08

See our Product Suite or Online Training page for topics and to see more Fistral ranges – e.g. video (“Espresso”) and face-to-face (“Grande”) training. Or Contact Us for more information.

For Customer Comments see Testimonials

“Head and shoulders above other providers” – University of Strathclyde PGR

“Head and shoulders above other providers” – University of Strathclyde PGR

We welcomed PGR’s onsite at the University of Strathclyde to our Risk Management in the Real World training course and...

 5 out of 5 for CAPM training – University of Strathclyde PGRs

 5 out of 5 for CAPM training – University of Strathclyde PGRs

We joined PGR’s from the University of Strathclyde onsite in Glasgow to deliver Fistral's CAPM Preparation training. This training is...

“Useful for PhD planning” – University of Strathclyde PGR feedback

“Useful for PhD planning” – University of Strathclyde PGR feedback

A cohort of PGR’s from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning training course and...

“Useful tips” – Space agency staff

“Useful tips” – Space agency staff

Staff from LSE Space logged on to Fistral’s training webinar entitled Time Management: Prioritisation and rated the session Very Good....

4.93 rating for Maximising your PhD Performance training

4.93 rating for Maximising your PhD Performance training

PhD students from the ASPIRE programme joined us onsite at Sheffield Hallam University for Fristral’s Maximising Your PhD Performance Using...

“Project management made simple” – University of the West of England attendee

“Project management made simple” – University of the West of England attendee

Fistral travelled to Bristol to the University of the West of England to deliver our Project Management for Researchers training....

“A must-attend course” – Strathclyde University PGR

“A must-attend course” – Strathclyde University PGR

PGR’s at  Strathclyde University logged on to Fistral’s training webinar entitled Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship. The attendees rated the...

“Practical and helpful” – University of Bristol Staff

“Practical and helpful” – University of Bristol Staff

We welcomed staff onsite at the University of Bristol for a session entitled Project Management Tools for Managing Your Research...

Project Management In The Real World – Rated 5 out of 5 at Strathclyde University

Project Management In The Real World – Rated 5 out of 5 at Strathclyde University

Onsite at Strathclyde University, we ran our Project Management In The Real World training for a group of Postgraduate Researchers....

“Provides new perspectives” – PGR University of Strathclyde

“Provides new perspectives” – PGR University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde logged on to our Techniques for Confident Professional Communication webinar training. The attendees...

“Plenty of practical tools” – Project Management in the Real World

“Plenty of practical tools” – Project Management in the Real World

Onsite at Loughborough University, we ran our Project Management In The Real World training for a group of Postgraduate Researchers....

“Useful practical tools” – Bristol University Staff

“Useful practical tools” – Bristol University Staff

We welcomed staff from the University of Bristol to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management webinar training. The attendees rated the...

“Useful prep for CAPM Exam” – Intro to PM webinar

“Useful prep for CAPM Exam” – Intro to PM webinar

PhD Students from the University of Exeter joined us online for Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training webinar. The group...

“Very insightful” – Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques Training rated 5 out of 5

“Very insightful” – Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques Training rated 5 out of 5

Postgraduate Researchers from the University of Strathclyde joined us onsite for Fistral’s Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques training course. The group...

“Worthwhile and engaging” – Intro to Project Management

“Worthwhile and engaging” – Intro to Project Management

We welcomed a mix of research staff and PhDs from the University of Bath to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management...

Advanced Project Management – “Useful for professional development”

Advanced Project Management – “Useful for professional development”

Onsite once more at the University of Strathclyde, we hosted PhD students at Fistral’s Advanced Project Management training session. The...

“Useful for research projects” – PM Essentials

“Useful for research projects” – PM Essentials

PGR’s from the University of Exeter logged on to parts 1-4 of Fistral’s Project Management Essentials for Researchers webinar series...

“A lot of inspiration for managing PhD” – 5/5 for Intro to PM

“A lot of inspiration for managing PhD” – 5/5 for Intro to PM

PhD students at the University of Bath joined Fistral logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training session and...

‘Good for identifying risks that can impact your PhD” – University of Strathclyde student

‘Good for identifying risks that can impact your PhD” – University of Strathclyde student

A cohort from the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral onsite for our Risk Management in the Real World training session...

“Worth the time” – Avoid Drifting webinar

“Worth the time” – Avoid Drifting webinar

Fistral welcomed PhD students from the University of Strathclyde online for a webinar entitled Taking Charge of Your Time: Avoid...

“Practical and useful” – Time Management Strategies

“Practical and useful” – Time Management Strategies

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral onsite for a training session entitled Keeping on Top of Your...

5 out of 5 rating for Intro to Project Planning Part 4

5 out of 5 rating for Intro to Project Planning Part 4

PhD students from Ulster University joined us for a final time on Part 4 of Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning...

“Invaluable for PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 3

“Invaluable for PhD” – Intro to Project Planning Part 3

PhD students from Ulster University logged on to Part 3 of Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning webinar series and rated...

“Clearly charts the essentials of Project Mgt”  – Ulster University PhD student

“Clearly charts the essentials of Project Mgt” – Ulster University PhD student

PhD students at Ulster University logged on to part three of Fistral’s webinar session Introduction to Project Planning and rated...

“Time management tools you can apply to your working day” – Space staff feedback

“Time management tools you can apply to your working day” – Space staff feedback

LSE Space staff logged on to Fistral’s webinar session entitled Time Management: Personal Effectiveness and rated it 4.88 out of...

“An ABC of how to plan PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning Part 2

“An ABC of how to plan PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning Part 2

PhD students from Ulster University logged on to Fistral’s webinar session Introduction to Project Planning (Part 2) and scored the...

Introduction to Project Planning – “Really helpful to apply to PhD”

Introduction to Project Planning – “Really helpful to apply to PhD”

A cohort of PhD students at Ulster University logged on to part one of Fistral’s webinar session Introduction to Project...

“Useful Tools” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Useful Tools” – Introduction to Project Planning

PhD students from Ulster University joined Fistral online for part one of our webinar training Introduction to Project Planning. We...

Intro to Project Planning – “Massively increased my knowledge”

Intro to Project Planning – “Massively increased my knowledge”

A group of PGRs from the University of Strathclyde logged on to Fistral’s Introduction to Project Planning webinar session. The...

4.79 rating from University of Exeter, Metamaterials CDT

4.79 rating from University of Exeter, Metamaterials CDT

A group from the University of Exeter, Metamaterials CDT joined Fistral onsite for our Risk Management and Advanced Project Management...

“Very helpful for management of time and resources” – Introduction to Project Management

“Very helpful for management of time and resources” – Introduction to Project Management

PhD students at the University of Bristol EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care joined us onsite...

Perfect 5/5 score for Introduction to Project Management training

Perfect 5/5 score for Introduction to Project Management training

PGRs at the University of Bristol Cabot Institute joined us onsite for Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training. The group...

“Very useful” – Space Sector staff webinar feedback

“Very useful” – Space Sector staff webinar feedback

Staff from LSE Space logged on to Fistral’s webinar session entitled The Resilient Professional and rated it ‘Very Good’. Feedback...

“Informative and useful tools” – Agile PM for Space staff

“Informative and useful tools” – Agile PM for Space staff

Staff at the Swedish Space Corporation logged on to Fistral’s webinar entitled Agile Product Delivery: An Introduction Using Scrum. We...

Introduction to Project Management – “Surprisingly applicable to a PhD”

Introduction to Project Management – “Surprisingly applicable to a PhD”

PGRs at the University of Bristol ACCIS and CoSEM CDTs joined us onsite for Fistral’s Introduction to Project Management training....

“Essential for the PhD journey” – 4.96 for Project Management in the Real World

“Essential for the PhD journey” – 4.96 for Project Management in the Real World

A group of PGRs from the University of Strathclyde joined Fistral onsite for our training session Project Management in the...

“Good examples from the space industry” – SSC staff value PM Principles

“Good examples from the space industry” – SSC staff value PM Principles

Swedish Space Corporation staff logged on to Fistral’s Project Management Principles Level 1 webinar and rated the training 4.46 out...

 “Great content, engaging delivery, tailored to research, high applicability” – 4.83 PM for Researchers in Australia

 “Great content, engaging delivery, tailored to research, high applicability” – 4.83 PM for Researchers in Australia

PGR’s from University of South Australia logged on to parts 1-4 of Fistral’s Project Management Essentials for Researchers training. The...

“Very insightful” – BME ECRs give webinar 5 out of 5

“Very insightful” – BME ECRs give webinar 5 out of 5

Attendees at the 7th BME ECR Conference logged in to Fistral’s webinar session entitled Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC....

“Very useful for CPD” – Project Management in the Real World for staff 4.87

“Very useful for CPD” – Project Management in the Real World for staff 4.87

Loughborough University staff joined Fistral onsite for our Project Management in the Real World training. The group rated the training...

“Huge scope for application” – CAPM Preparation

“Huge scope for application” – CAPM Preparation

A mix of research staff and PhDs from the University of Bath joined us online for Fistral’s CAPM Preparation webinar...

“Practical skills that can be applied or transferred” – Project Management in the Real World

“Practical skills that can be applied or transferred” – Project Management in the Real World

A second group of staff from Loughborough University joined us onsite for Fistral’s Project Management in the Real World training....

“Really informative and worthwhile” – PMRW 4.91 score from staff

“Really informative and worthwhile” – PMRW 4.91 score from staff

Staff at Loughborough University joined us onsite for Fistral’s Project Management in the Real World training. The group rated the...

“Engaging and useful” – 4.77 for Intro PM

“Engaging and useful” – 4.77 for Intro PM

A second group of PGR’s at the University of Manchester, Graphene NOWNANO CDT joined Fistral onsite for our Introduction to...

“Very engaging speaker” – University of Manchester CDT

“Very engaging speaker” – University of Manchester CDT

PGR’s from the University of Manchester, Graphene NOWNANO CDT joined Fistral onsite for a session entitled Introduction to Project Management....

CDT rates CAPM training 5 out of 5

CDT rates CAPM training 5 out of 5

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

CAPM Prep course rated 5 out of 5 – “You learn a lot”

CAPM Prep course rated 5 out of 5 – “You learn a lot”

Fistral delivered our CAPM Preparation training course onsite to PGRs at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. This session prepares...

100% recommend Advanced PM

100% recommend Advanced PM

A mix of research staff and PhDs from the University of Bath joined us online for Fistral’s Advanced Project Management...

Assertive Communication -100% would recommend

Assertive Communication -100% would recommend

Researchers at Ulster University logged on to our webinar session entitled Assertive Communication for the PhD Researcher. The group gave...

4.90 for Project Risk Management – “Applicable to many situations”

4.90 for Project Risk Management – “Applicable to many situations”

Postgraduate researchers at the University of Strathclyde Doctoral School joined us onsite in Glasgow for a session entitled Project Risk...