Merlin Helps Students (MHS) www.merlinhelpsstudents.com, is a free student resource portal, established in 2000, providing a one-stop-information-shop for students within the UK. Reaching more than 100,000 visitors monthly, it is the largest higher and further education website in terms of content in the UK.
Increasingly fierce competition for university places, internships and graduate training vacancies requires students to be able to access quality information in a timely manner. The age of the Internet has enabled MHS to provide this platform. Students are faced with a number of decisions to make, ahead of, during and after education. MHS prides itself on helping students by providing quality advice and unbiased information at the click of a button.
A leading online resource for students, it is an excellent starting point to obtain further information and advice. MHS recognises students' needs before, during and after higher education with services such as college and university listings, finance, accommodation, careers and interview advice as well as many other topics. Additionally, the site also has a section specifically aimed at parents, including a new forum where parents can help and advise each other.
The range of services offered by MHS makes it a popular student website all year around. The UCAS points' calculator enables students to work out the UCAS points' equivalent based on the letter grades attained in their exams. This feature has been praised for its user friendliness and ease of use. MHS' comprehensive guide to the Clearing process is also a welcome feature particularly given how stressful a time it is for students (and parents) when the desired results are not achieved. Once a university place has been secured, accommodation and finance are two major factors to be considered. During the years at university, advice may be sought on a range of topics, which can be found on the site. The forum is another useful tool.