The University of Leeds is a publicly funded UK University, acclaimed world-wide for the quality of its teaching and research, and continues to be ranked within the top 100 universities in the QS world rankings. Leeds is one of the largest universities in the UK, with an annual income of €806m (2013/14) and over 30,000 students (over 7,000 post-graduate students) and approximately 6,450 staff of 99 different nationalities, attached to 560 different undergraduate and 300 postgraduate degree programmes. The results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise identified that 82.76% of its research activity has a top quality rating of either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”, and its overall results confirmed the University’s position as a leading member of the UK’s prestigious research intensive Russell Group universities. The University has a proactive enterprise and innovation focus; since 2008 it has filed more than 102 patents and it currently has 44 active spin-out companies and 49 active Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. The University of Leeds primary activities are Education, Research and Innovation. The School of Civil Engineering has an extensive record in inter-disciplinary research in the built environment, geotechnics and fluid mechanics. The University of Leeds will firstly contribute its expertise in ground heat exchanger design and advanced modelling methods.