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Rhonda Wheate


  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Law
  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Expert evidence Disclosure Legal understanding of science and scientific evidence Juries Criminal law Law of evidence


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

Dr Rhonda Wheate has dual qualifications in Science (University Medal for chemistry, Hons Class I) and Law (Hons Class I). Building upon this, Rhonda's PhD research examined how well real juries in criminal trials comprehend scientific evidence. Her later research has focused on expert evidence; forensic science; judicial, legal & juror comprehension; and more recently, on Clinical Legal Education.

Rhonda is the Director of the Clinical LLB at the UStrath Law School, as well as supervising Hons, Masters and PhD students in areas related to the above research.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University

Doctor of Science, University of New South Wales, University College, Australian Defence Force Academy

Bachelor of Science, University of Western Sydney


  • criminal justice
  • criminal law
  • expert evidence
  • forensic science
  • jury trials
  • Clinical legal education

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Research Output

The importance of DNA evidence to juries in criminal trials

Wheate, R., 1 Apr 2010, In : International Journal of Evidence and Proof. 14, 2, p. 129–145 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A tale of two approaches - the NAS report and the Law Commission consultation paper on forensic science

    Wheate, R. M. & Jamieson, A., 30 Sep 2009, In : International Commentary on Evidence. 7, 2, 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Examination

    External Examiner - Edinburgh Napier University - Law of Evidence

    Rhonda Wheate (External Examiner)
    2012 → …

    Activity: Examination typesExamination